This is the story of one team, one man and 11 players that succeeded against the odds. Pepe Guardiola was the man. He took Barcelona on an incredible footballing journey. For four years he changed the face of football and with world class players like Messi, Inesta, Daniel Alves, Sergio Busquets and Xavi. He also took on former Barca coach and friend Jose Mourinho, in an intense rivalry that spilled off of the pitch and into the interview spaces.
Barcelona are a stunning football team to watch. From their style of play, to their energy, commitment and high goal count. Tactically stunning and with a footballing methodology that is about playing the game and not just winning the game, it is a fest for the neutral and awe inspiring to play against. This documentary states that it covers the 4 momentous years when they rightly won 2 Champions league trophies. However what it does is become a enhanced edition of ‘Match of the day’, with football history and a ego massage of a manager, club and a team. No bad thing in my opinion. For the fan of the sport or the club, it denotes what made them so good and tactically essentially. Speaking to those in the know, those in the opposition, it directs the flow to chapters on Cruyff, Messi and Pepe. So two stars and a manager. Two masters and a mind that manufactured masterpieces of skill and soccer. Then we speak to those commentators who are respected and know what they know. The problem for me is Duncan McMath is so in love with Barca that he fails to ask probing questions. Yes it is not a documentary that is aiming for this. My issue is that it does not try to establish how different this team was and why it mattered by probing its core. Yes it does talk of the other manager and teams. This doesn’t press Pepe’s team however. It simply pats him on the back.