Guardiola era at Barcelona comes to a close at Copa del Rey final

Guardiola era at Barcelona comes to a close at Copa del Rey final

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Guardiola era at Barcelona comes to a close at Copa del Rey final

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Pep Guardiola has one match remaining before a new era at Barcelona begins, and it provides a chance for him to go out in an appropriate manner.

Friday's Copa del Rey final (4 p.m., ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes) marks the end of Guardiola's four years coaching the Spanish giant, where he enjoyed unparalleled success in bringing three league championships and two UEFA Champions League titles to Camp Nou. Guardiola, a La Masia academy product, former Barcelona midfielder and former reserve team coach, took over in 2008, and the first trophy he won was the Copa del Rey at the expense of Athletic Bilbao — his final opponent as Barcelona manager.

With a victory over Marcelo Bielsa's Bilbao at Estadio Vicente Calderon in Madrid, Guardiola would add his 14th piece of silverware to Barcelona's trophy case to put an exclamation point on one of the greatest runs in the history of club soccer.

How will you look back on the Guardiola era at Barcelona? Do you think the club will take any steps back with Tito Vilanova taking over?

Share your thoughts (and any comments, opinions and play-by-play from today's match) below.

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