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The Argentine defender has voiced his opinion that the Catalans' success is down to their coach and his football philosophy, as well as his ability to motivate the players

Independiente defender Gabriel Milito says head coach Pep Guardiola is the big secret behind Barcelona's recent successes.

The Catalan giants have won three La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues and two Club World Cups among other trophies since Guardiola took charge in 2008, and Milito has little doubt that the 40-year-old is the main reason why Barcelona remain hungry for more titles.

"I was fortunate to work with many great coaches during my career like [Jose] Pekerman, [Cesar] Menotti, El Tolo [Americo] Gallego, [Marcelo] Bielsa and Ramon [Diaz], but Pep is the best of all," Milito was quoted as saying by Ole.

"I have learned a lot from him. I might not have played a lot under him due to injuries, but he has certainly had an influence on me.

"Despite all the things that the team has won in the past few years, he still manages to keep everyone hungry for more. His presence gives the team a lot of confidence."

Milito was under contract with Barcelona from 2007 until 2011 before being released by the Catalans to return to former club Independiente.

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