The Catalan admitted that Los Blancos’ triumphs, especially in the Champions League, are commendable.
Pep – the top coach
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has revealed that his days against Real Madrid while at Barcelona have helped him become a top coach. The Catalan admitted that Los Blancos’ triumphs, especially in the Champions League, are commendable. “They are a powerful team in every way, and they have helped me become a better coach,” Guardiola told reporters. “With both Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini, and with all the coaches they’ve had. “If they did what they did, winning three Champions League titles in a row to take two league titles from Barcelona when Barcelona dominated the LaLiga this decade like no other. I’m so glad everything is going well for them.” Guardiola will face Zinedine Zidane in a dugout on August 7 when City take over Real Madrid for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, and he only had fun words for the French coach.
Guardiola admires Zidane’s both versions, as a player and as a coach
“He’s good for football, good times and bad, and I’m glad,” Guardiola noted. “I am happy that everything is going well for him because people like him are perfect for football.” When asked about Zidane, the player, Guardiola admitted that he would like to play alongside the former playmaker. “I admire both versions, as a player and as a coach,” he stated. “Both of them. Zinedine Zidane, the player was – wow! I wish I could play with him. I had the misfortune to run into him with France. City leads Real Madrid on aggregate and will fancy their chances of going all the way in the Champions League, but the Catalan has made it clear that he will push his team as best he can. “They ask you how you will feel when you are going to win what did not win,” said Guardiola.
“I don’t know, and I don’t know how I’ll feel. I tried the first year, and the second, the third, the fourth, and the coming years. And if my team can play in it, I will try to win it, like everyone else. But if I don’t win it, will I fail? Well, I’ll fail, but the main thing is to try. Man City lost the Premier League title to Liverpool by 18 points, and Guardiola said that this side, coached by Jurgen Klopp, is the best that he has ever faced. “The toughest contender I have faced in my career has been this Liverpool from last year,” He said. “They have dominated all the records. When you allow yourself to be dominated and withdrawn in your area, you don’t get out. When you dominate them, they run into space like nobody else.”