Pep Guardiola opens up on Barcelona return

Jul 01, 2019
Pep Guardiola insists he will not return to Barcelona or Germany – saying he has everything he needs at Manchester City.
 
Guardiola has enhanced his reputation as one of the greats of football management since leaving Bayern Munich for City – winning the domestic treble at the Etihad last term.
 
But he is yet to taste glory on the continent with the Blues having last won the Champions League as Barcelona boss in 2011.
 
Guardiola will enter his fourth season as City manager in August – the number of years he spent at Barca before coaching Bayern for three.
 
But he insists he has no intention of leaving the Premier League champions any time soon.
 
“What I like more is that I have proved that people who said we can’t play the same way in Germany or in the Premier League were wrong,” he told Catalan newspaper Ara.
 
“With Silva, Bernardo Silva, Sterling or Aguero, all of them less than one metre 20! We have done it.
 
“We don’t concede many goals and we dominate positionally. We have the same ideas that we had when we trained the Barca youth team in the third division.
 
“I have everything here [at City], sincerely, everything I need. Working at home [in Spain], it is hard because the emotions are so intense and the press conferences harder.
 
“Here, in Manchester, I have Txiki (Begiristain, City’s director of football], who is the most important person of my career because he trusted me when I was no one.
 
“I have Ferran [Soriano, City’s CEO) also, and you sometimes ask yourself, ‘how can he be that cold?’ But, at the same time, he manages with a brutal precision.
 
“When I win I am good, when I lose I am bad. That is the same everywhere, but in this club we are three or four people deciding in the sporting area, there isn’t the noise of 18 board members.
 
“I have everything I desire to do my job. I won’t go back to Barcelona or Germany. Where can I have facilities that good to play in such a beautiful league like the Premier League?”
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