Guardiola admits it’ll be ‘impossible’ to manage another English club
‘I will be Mancunian for the rest of my life’: Pep Guardiola admits it will be ‘impossible’ to manage another English club as Manchester City boss aims to create legacy of success
- Guardiola says he is a ‘Mancunian’ and couldn’t manage elsewhere in England
- Spanish coach led Manchester City to Premier League and Carabao Cup glory
- He wants to leave a legacy both in terms of silverware and happy memories
- Guardiola says he ‘feels the love’ from the City fans and this motivates him
- He also spoke of his worry when wife and daughters were caught up in the Manchester Arena bombing last year
Pep Guardiola says he ‘will be Mancunian for the rest of my life’ as the manager tries to leave a lasting legacy of success at Manchester City.
Admitting that it would be ‘impossible’ to coach another team in England, the City manager says he ‘feels the love’ from the club’s fans.
Guardiola also spoke about his fear when his wife and daughters were caught up in the Manchester Arena bombing in May last year.
Pep Guardiola says he ‘will be Mancunian for the rest of my life’ and that it would now be ‘impossible’ to manager another English club than Manchester City
Guardiola wanted to create a legacy of success at Manchester City, both in terms of trophies and happy memories
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Guardiola said: ‘I will be Mancunian for the rest of my life.
‘I will be a Manchester City fan and it will be impossible to train another team like Manchester City in England because I feel love from the people here.
‘When the people say, what do you want? To be loved. The most nice thing is when you feel good with the other people.’
Guardiola led City to success in the Premier League and the Carabao Cup last season – his first trophies in English football – and they look a decent bet to retain their title this year.
Guardiola at the heart of the celebrations after Manchester City won the Premier League
The Spanish coach also led City to Carabao Cup success in his second season at the club
Guardiola says he ‘feels the love’ of the Manchester City fans and is motivated by it
But Guardiola, who formerly managed Barcelona and Bayern Munich, says he wants his legacy with the club to be more than just silverware.
He said: ‘Statistics and numbers are nice, but numbers are not passion. It does not give you something.
‘It is better to say after 10 years I remember this final and how well we played, to remember the way we have done it.
‘Titles are important of course, and they have helped me have jobs and to keep working on my passion.
‘But I think all the managers we are happy with our old players, when we can laugh and hug and have a good relation. Everyone loves to be loved, it is the secret of our lives.’
City players celebrate David Silva’s opening goal in their 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk
Guardiola with his wife Cristina Serra (right) and children Valentina, Maria and Marius after City’s victory in the Community Shield at the start of the season
Guardiola also spoke about the night his wife, Cristina Serra, and two daughters, Valentina and Maria, were caught up in the sickening terrorist attack on an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, in which 22 people died.
He said: ‘When the attack happened, I was at home with my son, and my wife and daughters were there – they were at the arena.
‘She called me but the line broke immediately. She told me ‘something happened and we are running but I don’t know what happened’ and the line broke.
‘We tried to call her again and it didn’t work; we went to the the arena and after five or six minutes she rang again and said: ‘We are out, we’re coming back home.’
‘At the end we were lucky. Many people suffered, and we were lucky. Life is like this. We were in a better position than many unfortunate ones.’
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