Rijkaard: I have very good memories with Barcelona
By: Ahmed Sief
Sun, Dec. 3, 2017
CAIRO – 3 December 2017: Frank Rijkaard, former FC Barcelona coach, attended Barcelona’s match against Celta Vigo, and recalled the good old times during an interview following the match.
Frank Rijkaard was seen by the Camp Nou during the last game of La Liga, where FC Barcelona and Celta de Vigo drew.
The former Dutch coach, who lived one of the most glorious times in Barça's history, led the team to victory during the second Barça Champions League in the 2005-06 season.
Rikjaard gave an interview to Mundo Deportivo in which he recalled old times in the Barça club; “I have very good memories. It has been an honor for me to work for a great club like Barça, with great players and great people.”
“I am very happy for my time in Barça and in Barcelona,” he continued.
The former Barça coach explained that his time at the Camp Nou was a gift for his son. “I was in the stadium for my son too. It was a gift for him, [he] just turned eight years old and wanted to see a game in a great stadium like Camp Nou,” Rijkaard stated.
However, Rijkaard did not want to answer questions regarding FC Barcelona’s performance in the game. “I do not [watch] to criticize Barça. I only saw one match, it made me very excited, especially for my son, who had a lot of fun,” he said. “I can only say that it was a very difficult match for Barça, [their] opponent prepared very well tactically. Juan Carlos knows Barça very well and that was noticed,” he added.
Frank Rijkaard acknowledged that he has no intentions to train again. “I do not miss the benches. I made a decision and now I live my quiet life. I am very happy. I like soccer and I watch many games on television, sometimes in the stadiums,” he said, adding that “now I only enjoy with the family the great players, as a spectator.”