Pep Guardiola is a double-winner in his second season in charge of Manchester City, having secured the Premier League title last weekend after his team earlier lifted the Carabao Cup.
Five matches remain this season, with some records up for grabs, and Pep will undoubtedly want his Shark Team to be long remembered after an impressive campaign.
Ahead of Swansea’s visit to the Etihad Stadium tomorrow, Guardiola addressed the media at the CFA on Friday afternoon.
The City boss spoke of his pride at managing City.
“I’m proud to be part of this organisation. It is a huge club. We’ve won the most important title of the season. Being part of this family, it’s huge.”
Arsene Wenger announced today that he will leave Arsenal at the end of the season, and Pep had nothing but compliments for the Frenchman.
“Arsene Wenger has all my respect. The Premier League is the Premier League now because of Arsene Wenger and what he has done, his vision and respect for football.
“I wish him all the best in the future. Of course it was a pleasure to compete against him.”
Pep spoke of how he won the league at Bayern Munich and Barcelona with games to spare, and the performances that followed weren’t very good. However, with the potential to break records, he believes this City side have the motivation to keep going.
“In the past when I won the league early at Bayern Munich and Barcelona, the next few games were not good. But a good argument to keep going is the records.
“The important thing is to win the title but maybe the records can help us be focused against the teams fighting to avoid relegation.”
The Catalan also confirmed anew that Sergio Aguero is out for the rest of the season and currently recovering in Barcelona.
“It’s four or five weeks. We will try and get him ready for the World Cup. He’s in Barcelona now. The first part of his rehab is there.”
Asked if the likes of Phil Foden could get game time in the remaining fixtures, Pep was coy and said he’d put out the “best team” he could.
“We’re going to try to play with the best team possible.”
Pep said his intention has never been to change English football, although some would argue that he already has.
“I didn’t come here to change English football. I am happy with the way we try and play and winning the titles. Thank you for your congratulations.
“If the people enjoy watching us – especially our fans and people who love football – that’s the best.”
Asked about signing a new contract, he sounded very relaxed about the situation.
“We’ll speak to the club at the end of the year and see what they think, what is in the future.
“It depends on my energy and strength to keep going. Now I feel strong, I feel good.”
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