Pep Guardiola has admitted defeat against Chelsea in the Champions League in 2012 helped convince him it was time to leave Barcelona.

The Bayern Munich coach’s departure from the Nou Camp has long been linked to burnout after two intense seasons up against Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, but now the man who won 14 trophies with the Catalan giants has opened up on how Barca’s European Cup nemesis also pushed him out the door.

'We were much better than they were over the two games but we let in an unnecessary goal in the first leg and before we knew it in the second leg we were out,' Guardiola recalls in an interview with Audi.

'I felt as if I could no longer lift the team.'

Guardiola announced his decision to leave Barcelona shortly after elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Chelsea in April 2012. A late Ramires goal had put Chelsea through on away goals, and with Mourinho’s Real Madrid on course to win the league that left just the Spanish Cup for Barcelona in what was Guardiola’s last season.