Eto'o in explosive Guardiola rant: He did not respect me

The Chelsea star has hit out at the Bayern Munich coach insisting he was "never a good player" during his playing days and that he never had the courage to say things to his face
Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o has launched a scathing attack on Pep Guardiola, insisting that the Bayern Munich coach did not respect him during their time at Barcelona.

Cameroon international Eto'o played under the Spaniard during the 2008-09 season while the pair were with Liga giants Barca, helping the Catalans win the treble during a magnificent season for the club.

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But the 33-year-old insists the Bayern boss showed him a "total lack of respect" and that Guardiola did not have the courage to speak to him personally.

"Guardiola has never been a great player, he was just a good player. I told him. He didn't prove anything when he arrived and he said certain things," Eto'o blasted to beIN Sports.

"What hurt me is that they invent things that the press relayed. They wanted to send me to Uzbekistan. I stayed at my place and I told him that he will apologise for that in the future.

"He gave the No.9 to Henry [sic]. Henry was happy. And it was a total lack of respect. I had done a lot for the club.

"Guardiola has never had the courage to say things in front of me. He passed by the players. Xavi told me they wanted me to stay but I had to talk to Pep. I say never, if you do not respect me, I do not respect you."

Eto'o came up against Guardiola back in April 2010, when Jose Mourinho's Inter knocked Barca out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage, and he insists that the handshake between the pair was just for the television cameras.

"He shook hands with me when I was at Inter and I played against Barca, but this was just for the cameras and TV. Behind the scenes before the match, he did not greet me."