Only a month ago Samuel Eto'o, the former football player from Cameroon, stated that he wanted to become the first “colored” coach to win the UEFA’s Champions League and vowed to emulate the style of former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola.
The former striker, who retired last month, twice won Europe's elite competition with Barca – under Frank Rijkaard and then Guardiola – before lifting it again with Inter in 2010.
The 38-year-old has now set his sights on winning the tournament as a coach, using the same football tactics and playing style adopted by Pep Guardiola at Camp Nou.
Eto'o also hopes such a triumph would blaze a trail for non-white coaches, the ex-Cameroon star having become wearied by recent incidents of racism in the sport.
“I want to be the first “colored” coach to win the Champions League, and I want my team to play the way Guardiola’s team did,” he told Cadena SER.
Most recently at Qatar SC, Eto'o has called time on his playing career, but he already plots a return to Barcelona, saying: “I'm sure I'll come back. How? I don't know, but I'll come back!”
For now, though, Eto'o says his post-playing plans are simply: “To relax and have fun with my wife.”