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Alexander Hleb says he was to blame for failure at Barcelona as Guardiola 'did everything to help'

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'It was totally my fault, I behaved like a fool': Former Arsenal player Alexander Hleb says he was to blame for his failure at Barcelona after Pep Guardiola 'did everything to help him'Alexander Hleb has admitted he behaved like a fool during his time at Barcelona He made just 36 appearances in four years and left by mutual consent in 2012The midfielder said Pep Guardiola did everything to help and was not to blameThe Belarusian won the treble in his first season before having three loan spells 

Alexander Hleb has admitted he 'behaved like a fool' during his time at Barcelona and only has himself to blame for his failure.

The former Arsenal midfielder became one of Pep Guardiola's first signings when he made the move to Camp Nou in 2008. 

There were high expectations of the Belarusian when he arrived for £12million but he failed to hit the ground running as Barca went on to have on of their most successful periods in history. 

Alexander Hleb has admitted he 'behaved like a fool' during a disappointing Barcelona career

He was one of Pep Guardiola's first signings at Camp Nou but failed to live up to expectations

At the time, Hleb spoke out about his frustration at a lack of game time but he has since come to the realisation that he was at fault for not earning a regular spot in the team.

'It was totally my fault [for not succeeding at Barcelona], not Guardiola’s,' he told Spanish newspaper Marca.

'He did everything possible to help me quickly adapt to the country and the group, and to learn the language. I myself behaved like a fool. The group was very good.

'Training with those players was incredible, they were stars.[Xavi Hernandez] didn’t make any mistakes. How is this possible?

'I made a couple of mistakes, but I have good memories from all the clubs.'

Hleb returned to the Premier League in 2010, spending a season on-loan at Birmingham City and also had spells at Stuttgart and Wolfsburg.

His Barcelona contract was terminated by mutual consent in January 2012 after making just 36 appearances in four years. 

However, he was part of the side that won the La Liga, Champions League and Copa Del Rey treble in 2008-2009.

The Belarusian midfielder left Arsenal in 2008 after spending three years with the London club

He made 36 appearances for Barca during four years at Camp Nou and left by mutual consent

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