Guardiola’s Man City are three games away from winning their first-ever Champions League in the city of Lisbon in Portugal. They play Lyon next Saturday as they take a step closer to the trophy.
The Spanish tactician acknowledges the importance of the trophy but also declared it wouldn’t define the success or failure of his tenure at the club.
“It is quite similar to a World Cup; every game is a final. You are in, or you are out. We will see it against Lyon; there are no second chances.”
Guardiola is known for his tactical intensity and philosophy, the Manchester team has gone into a Covid-19 free environment in preparation for their next game and limit contact with the outside world.
‘When you get to a stage of the competition, and you see the desire of your players, the aim is just to have fun; I know the players are focused anyway. That is why we can not just stay nine or ten days staying in the room waiting for the moment of the match.’
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“We must have walk good lunches and dinner together, and of course, train as best as possible. We are going to Portugal to enjoy the country of Jao (Cancelo) and Bernando Silva. Eat well, be together, work a lot, and laugh a lot.”
A lot of fans feel the Champions League trophy is the only thing that would mean success for Guardiola as the Abu Dhabi owners have invested heavily in the club since taking over in 2008, while Pep has spent over 300 million on defenders alone since his arrival.
“My memories will be of living in Manchester and working at an incredible club with this group of players and staff. This is my happiness’.
“Of course, we will try to win the Champions League, but if not, I won’t see it as a disaster/failure what I know I will leave at the city will be great, awesome.”
“It’s not about winning titles, its about relationship with the English people I have met and worked with here. Part of me is a manager, but I am a human being, this is my life. Are these relationships going to change because we don’t win the Champions League? Honestly, no.”
‘it happened in Munich. We won a lot of titles. But not the Champions League. Am I going to say I was unhappy in Munich? No. and that I don’t have friends in Munich? No. I have many.”
Manchester City is struggling over the fitness of Kun Aguero as he tries to recover from a knee injury he got against Burnley on June 22. City is still hopeful that he would be fit for the match against Lyon.
“He’s getting better, but I don’t know when he will join up with us.”
“Hopefully, he will be in Portugal with us, but tomorrow is tomorrow. We will speak with the doctors. That’s when we will see what the situation is.”