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Name Pep Guardiola
Gender Male
Ethnic Catalan
Job Catalan Footballer
  Manchester City Manager
  Spanish Coach
Desc La Liga winner, Bundesliga winner, and Premier League winner. There aren’t many managers nowadays who can boast that record, but Pep Guardiola can. From learning from Johan Cruyff to playing a major role in the development of players like Lionel Messi, David Alaba and Raheem Sterling, Guardiola has proved it’s possible to both realise a club’s lofty ambitions while simultaneously improving a core group of players. His work has changed the managerial landscape in the modern era and his standard is the one to beat.

Affiliation

Org Spanish National Team
Club as Player Barcelona FC
Club as Coach Manchester City
  Bayern Munich
  Barcelona FC

Relationship

Father Valenti Guardiola
Assistant Coach Domenec Torrent
  Mikel Arteta
Mentor Johan Cruyff

2010 04 01 Retrieve

[Arsenal survive Barca siege. Coach Pep Guardiola, with the Nou Camp’s principles coursing through his veins, disguised his disappointment at conceding a two-goal lead to declare] I am proud of my team. We won the Champions League last season but we never played like that away from home. Never

2011 05 12 Retrieve

[Barca Coach Pep Guardiola counters by defending his players. One of them is Sergio Busquets who allegedly called Marcelo Monkey] My players are an example of professionalism and honesty. Real might think we are unsporting but I think exactly the opposite. Fourteen of 20 players in the squad have grown up in this house and they all respect the values of the house. Jose Mourinho was at Barcelona for five years and he knows our values: to win, fight and earn respect by respecting your rival

2012 03 13 Retrieve

[on Michael Laudrup] The best player in the world, I can’t believe he hasn’t won the title as best player

2012 12 09 Retrieve

[His former coach Pep Guardiola said the night Messi scored five times in a Champions League game in March] We’ll never see a player like him again. He is one of a kind

2013 08 03 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola on moving his office away from the Allianz Arena dressing room so that his charges can feel at ease] It’s a space for the players – it’s their area. In the dressing room they joke around, they are allowed to talk about anything without fear that I’m breathing down their necks. They can also speak badly about me

2013 09 29 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola on Neuer] Neuer is one of the best goalkeepers in history

2013 11 Retrieve

[After beating rivals Borussia Dortmund, the Spaniard was even more effusive and said] If we win anything this season, it will be thanks to that decision to move Philipp Lahm. All the other pieces fell into place the moment we put him in central midfield

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola on Paul Scholes] Out of everyone at Manchester United, I would pick out Scholes – he is the best midfielder of his generation. I would have loved to have played alongside him

2014 01 11 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola on Franck Ribery] I have never seen a player with [Franck] Ribery’s character at this level. The way he keeps fighting and running for the team is incredible. It’s an honour for me to coach Franck

2014 03 22 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola on his wife] My wife Cristina often complains about my tactics. She keeps on telling me that I should stick with the players who won the last match. Explaining my rotation system to her is much harder than telling Arjen Robben that he will have to settle for a place on the bench!

2014 07 12 Retrieve

[Bayern captain had a game against Hertha Berlin with a 100% accurate pass rate] It is just impossible to play better than Philipp Lahm has in that position [No 6] over the last couple of games

2014 09 27 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola] We’re top but that doesn’t matter to me. What matters is the way we play

2014 10 18 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola on Tiki Taka] I loathe all that passing for the sake of it, all that tiki-taka. It’s so much rubbish and has no purpose. You have to pass the ball with a clear intention, with the aim of making it into the opposition’s goal. You need to dig into your own DNA. I hate tiki-taka. Barça didn’t do tiki-taka. In all team sports, the secret is to overload one side of the pitch so that the opponent must tilt its own defence to cope. You overload on one side and draw them in so that they leave the other side weak. And then you attack and score from the other side. That’s why you have to pass the ball, but only if you’re doing it with a clear intention. It’s only to overload the opponent, to draw them in and then to hit them with the sucker-punch. That’s what our game needs to be about. Nothing to do with tiki-taka

2014 11 29 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola on Lionel Messi breaking La Liga’s scoring record] He has broken a record that everyone thought was unbreakable – and one which has stood for 60 years. What he has achieved is astounding. It will take another 600 years before his record is broken

2015 02 21 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola offers a frank assessment of Xabi Alonso’s strengths and weaknesses] We want to keep the ball with us for as long as we can, so that’s why I want players like Xabi and Thiago [Alcantara]. But when it comes to running after another player, Xabi Alonso is the worst player in the world!

2015 05 02 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola responds to the Borussia Dortmund’s players remarks about Bayern Munich’s penalty-taking] My advice for Sebastian Kehl is: if you have a 35-point deficit in the league, it is better to shut up

2015 07 13 Retrieve

[Guardiola said after his long talk with Bastian Schweinsteiger] I told him, ‘do what you want. Do whatever is going to make you happy’

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] This club was the best club in England thanks to him. He re-organised the club and put the club on another level in this country. I am pretty sure Alex Ferguson was the most important person in this club’s history, at least in the last half-century

2016 03 09 Retrieve

[on Francesco Totti] [. . .] when I played for Roma I sat on the bench and Totti was on the field. And it’s still the same! Anyone still playing at the age of 38 has a great passion for this sport. That’s phenomenal. Normally at the age of 38, a professional player has earned enough money and quits. Totti still plays and that’s because he loves this game

2016 03 25 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola, in Cruyff’s legacy is infinite, we will never forget him] As a player and as a manager he [Cruyff] won a lot of titles, but that’s not his legacy. The titles only help. Johan has changed two clubs. Not only did he change Ajax, but also Barcelona – and then the Dutch and Spanish national teams, too. Forget the titles. I’ve won more titles than him. Messi, for example, is someone runs less and in that he’s the best of Cruyff’s alumni. (…) I would not have been capable of doing what he did at Barcelona. He changed everything. He did it all. What Cruyff’s done for football cannot be compared. The statue thing is superficial. He has made us love this sport so openly that there’s no way we can forget him

2016 03 26 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola reflects on the life, legacy and impact of Johan Cruy] Forget about the titles, I won more titles than him. Our gratitude is infinite and his legacy is also. And this legacy is not measured in trophies. It is rather the fact that he has enforced changes … there is nothing that can compare to what Cruyff has done for football. The football of the last 25 years at Barcelona belongs to him and that is something indestructible … I knew nothing about football and Johan gave me everything

2016 07 09 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola era got under way at Manchester City] First I must meet my players. I know them from TV but I must speak with them, hug them and kick their asses. I have an idea but I need time. As a player, one of my dreams was to play here. That was not possible but now my dream has come true as a coach. The atmosphere is wow. I have also come to learn. I am curious to learn about England

2016 08 25 Retrieve

[Manchester City confirm signing of Claudio Bravo for £13.75m] Claudio is a fantastic goalkeeper and an excellent addition to our squad. He has experience and great leadership qualities and is in the prime of his life. He is a goalkeeper I have admired for a number of years and I’m really happy he is now a City player

2016 10 08 Retrieve

[Guardiola on his mentor Johan Cruyff when promoting his autobiography book] I knew nothing about football before knowing Cruyff. I thought I knew about football – but then I started to work with him and a new world opened up in front of me

2016 10 29 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola says he wants Sergio Aguero to stay with the club for a long time] I am so happy with Sergio and hopefully he can stay for a long time. He is a special player, a striker who has scored millions of goals in his career. We cannot forget how many goals he scores for us. I am here to help him

2017 02 04 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola gives his take on Gabriel Jesus after the Brazilian scored his first goal for the club] You never know. It’s like a watermelon. You have to open to see if it’s good or not

2017 02 08 Retrieve

Have you seen how smart Philipp [Lahm] is? How the guy turns and protects possession and also splits the opposition?

2017 02 14 Retrieve

[Guardiola was asked at his post-match press conference about what he had told Harry Arter] He will be a father soon so I said big congratulations to him and his partner because I know what happened in the past, and, hopefully, the baby will be well

2017 03 18 Retrieve

[Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is relishing the chance to prove his worth as a coach at his current club] It’s the first time in my career as a manager when I feel that now is the moment you have to see yourself like a manager. That’s the first time. For the other ones, I was so lucky managing and training big clubs. Now is the first time I want to help the team, so people say: ‘Wow, Pep could do that again at a team in England and at Manchester City’. I love this club and want to be here for a long long time. I want to try to do it’

2017 04 08 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola praises Antonio Conte before City’s 2-1 defeat by Chelsea] My opinion about my colleague Antonio Conte is that he’s superb, maybe he’s the best. How he was able to make Italy play beautiful football, Juventus too, in a culture where it’s so defensive. He’s an excellent manager. I learn a lot when I see his teams - Juventus, Italy and now. Their teams control a lot of aspects. It’s a good lesson for me to see his teams and learn

2017 04 29 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola thinks he is a better manager, despite not winning any trophies with the club in his first season at the helm] I am not a worse manager because I didn’t win the title. I feel as though I’m a better manager than before because I learned a lot and am more experienced

2017 08 19 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola talks about the most memorable moment in the English Premier League’s 25-year history] We will try altogether in the Premier League to close that gap against the Spanish teams and be closer in the future. But 25 years … there’s been a lot of times from a1a30d1e8b45be8dca0b814f9353f274 and Chelsea, but of course the Sergio Aguero moment is the most significant moment from the Premier League in the last 25 years

2017 09 27 Retrieve

[After the win over Donetsk] Our first impression [is he] will be a little bit long, out of the picture, unfortunately for us. I don’t know, we will wait until Thursday, but I am pretty sure it will be longer than we would like, unfortunately

[Of Delph’s display against Donetsk Guardiola] I have a theory - midfield players, when they are intelligent, can play everywhere because they understand the global situation

He played an amazing game. I am so happy for him. Last season he was injured a lot of the time and when he was fit maybe I didn’t count too much on him. That was my personal regret. He deserved more minutes

2017 09 30 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola playfully reminds Gary Lineker of his days as a ball boy at Barcelona when the former England striker was a player at the Nou Camp] In your period I was a ball boy and I gave you balls to play in there. I always asked you for the shirt after the game and you never gave me. Never! I cannot forgive you for that

2017 10 21 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola compares Kevin de Bruyne and former player Lionel Messi] The best is just one. If you want Kevin de Bruyne to be considered one of the best, he has to win titles. We are here to help him achieve that. But he is one of the best. It would be a dream for me, I would love all the players – not just Kevin – to achieve the level of Messi

2017 12 16 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola speaks about the qualities of midfielder David Silva] David is hugely competitive, everyone knows his skills, there is no doubt – a blind guy is able to see that – but you cannot imagine how competitive he is. He is a stylish guy, but he is an animal, always wanting to win games

2018 07 28 Retrieve

[Ex-Barcelona jewel Eric Garcia lighting up Man City’s pre-season] Eric Garcia is 17 or 18 and played like he is 24 or 25. John [Stones] has a specific quality to squeeze our game. His reading is so good, to be high, to read the intentions of the opponents. The first step, the first pass, John is better than the other ones

2018 08 04 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola speaks about the club extending striker Gabriel Jesus’s contract] I think the strategy from the club is perfect. We cannot allow Gabriel to go out for another club because he is so young. His heart, his courage, his fight to put in every effort for the team is incredible. I never met one striker who fights like he does for the team. He always wants to know what he can do better and that is fantastic

2018 08 18 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola speaks about left-back Benjamin Mendy following his side’s 2-0 victory over Arsenal] Mendy is Mendy. In the terms that it is what it is. Sometimes you want to kill him. Sometimes you say, ‘Wow, what a player we have’. He gives us this extra energy with Kyle Walker with him, that helps us, you know? When he attacks that consistency is so important. Mendy has a lot of things to improve. Hopefully we can convince him to be calm and to forget a little bit the social media and focus on what he has to do

2018 09 15 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola reveals he wants to end his coaching career where it began] I will finish where I started; my final steps will be with youth teams. Hopefully, it will be Barça’s

2018 09 25 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola explains why he wanted to bring Thiago Alcantara to Bayern Munich] Thiago can play in three, four or five different positions in midfield. He has so much quality, above all his mentality. He always thinks that everything is possible. He has no fear

2018 10 20 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola on Lionel Messi] Leo is a competitive, fierce animal. That helps others to be competitive. He hates to lose and plays like when he was a kid. In big matches, if the team helps him, he makes the difference. Together with Cristiano [Ronaldo] we have lived and are living an era of two phenomena

2018 10 27 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola revealed how his wife and daughter were caught up in the Manchester Arena attack after attending an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May 2017] 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 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

2019 04 12 Retrieve

[After their defeat to Spurs the other night, Ilkay Gundogan suggested that Manchester City were ‘too nervous’ in these big games and also ‘always make the wrong decisions’] I don’t agree with him, absolutely not. In the second half it was under control. Our game at Tottenham was much better than Schalke. Sergio reacted incredibly well to the penalty, the team was mentally strong

2019 03 23 Retrieve

[European football’s governing body announced earlier in March that its Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) is investigating the Premier League leaders, with there being the suggestion they could face a transfer ban] I am not the right guy to talk about what the club says. They [the owners] don’t call me and explain what they are doing. I am concerned about what I have to do, I cannot speak every day about this. What is going to happen is going to happen. Of course. It is good, it’s really good

2019 04 27 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola gives his take on the Premier League title race] When Usain Bolt makes a 100m race that’s the standard and the others have to achieve it. Like, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, that’s the same. 100 points in a season - if you want to compete you have to do that

2019 05 11 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola talks about Premier League competition] [The Premier League] is the toughest league I’ve ever played as a manager, for the quality of the rivals – no doubts. That’s why being there [in contention] is incredible. But of course only one will take the prize and the other one will be at home sad

[Pep Guardiola thinks The Reds keep elite company, and few would know better than their title race competition] In my career as a manager, I played against incredible sides. There are two that were ‘wow’. One is the Barcelona of Luis Enrique with Neymar, Messi and Suarez in front. The other is this Liverpool

2019 05 11b Retrieve

[Long-time Bielsa admirer Pep Guardiola said that the practice of spying on rivals is commonplace] In other countries, everybody does that. When I was training Bayern Munich there were people on a little mountain – opponents with cameras – watching what we were doing. It was cultural for the clubs, not because I said, ‘you have to go to do that’. It was part of the culture. [However] I’m not going to send anyone to spy on Huddersfield. If that is the question, forget about it

2019 05 13 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola bigs up Manchester City’s title rivals] We are fighting with the best Liverpool ever, one of the best teams I’ve seen in my life

2019 06 06 Retrieve

[Eric Garcia - the teenage defender set to save Man City millions on a Kompany replacement] He has good vision, a good pass. It’s incredible, I’m very pleased. He didn’t make one mistake and with the ball, he played with huge personality

[That maturity has been evident to everybody involved in City’s youth teams over the past two years] Eric Garcia is 17 or 18 and played like he is 24 or 25. He has a lot of personality. In pre-season in the States he was incredible, commanding the line against Bayern Munich and Liverpool. He’s a guy that has a lot of sense of the position. He’s so smart, he’s not the strongest in the air or the fastest one but few times the opposition win one position, he’s able to guide the line and has a lot of personality to play

2019 07 27 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola has coached the likes of Messi, Xavi, Ribery and Robben, but Phil Foden’s talent is transcendent in the eyes of his manager] He is the most talented player I have ever seen as a football player or manager. He has everything to become one of the best players, not just in England. His only problem is that sometimes his manager doesn’t put him in the starting XI

2019 08 03 Retrieve

[What Man City chief Txiki Begiristain has told Pep Guardiola about Leroy Sane transfer] What Txiki (Begiristain) sent me two or three weeks ago, it was quite close. Now it’s not. I want players who want to stay because it’s impossible for me as a manager to convince a player to do what we want to do when his head is away from here. The player didn’t tell me anything about wanting to leave, so that is the only reality I have. If he knocks on the door and tells me he wants to leave then we are going to speak with the club. We want him to stay here because we try to extend the contract for more than one year. We were quite close a month ago and now it’s a little bit different but that’s the reality - I can’t say any more

2019 11 02 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola on Messi] I had already been told by someone from the squad that there was a very good player in the squad. They told me that he was very young but scored many goals and he was very good. I saw him, he looked small and shy and I thought: ‘Is this one as good as they say?’ We started pre-season in Scotland, we won 6-1, 5-0 and he would score three goals a game for you. I thought that, with him, we would win everything

2019 11 08 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola backs Claudio Bravo to step up in Ederson’s absence] Why should I doubt any player in my team? Why do you ask these questions? You have to respect this guy – he has won trophies and the Copa América.

Bravo can do it, of course. We won the Carabao Cup with him, he’s an exceptional keeper, played a lot of games with his national team.

[Although Bravo was in the side who beat Arsenal in the 2018 Carabao Cup final, he was dropped for Ederson for last season’s triumph over Chelsea] Why would I have doubts because a player does not play regularly? I’d not want to be a player who was doubted by his manager. I’ve seen him in training and I know how fired up he is and how good he is. We are not going to lose because of Claudio

[Bravo came on at half-time against Atalanta but was sent off on 81 minutes] The red card was because we lost the ball in a dangerous position. In the first season when he was a little bit struggling in the Premier League it was because he comes here and the team was not at top level. The problem was not Claudio. It is easy to point that he is the problem

It’s a team game and sometimes you make a mistake; sometimes you make a good save and sometimes not. But why should I not have any confidence with one player in my team? He wouldn’t be here otherwise

[City have been accused of tactical fouling by Jürgen Klopp, along with Ole Gunnar Solskjær, José Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini, but Guardiola shrugged off those views] Ask the managers [or ask] my players as what I tell them when I prepare a game. So, no comment. I know exactly what I said to my players in the last 11 years about what we have to do.

[If City lose to Liverpool the champions will be nine points behind but Guardiola said] What happens if we win? I think in November [the title] never ends. I know people will say if we lose it’s over but there will be a lot of games to play and I want to fight until the end. They’re not going to lose many but the season is long and a lot of situations can happen

[City have voiced concerns to Liverpool regarding a possible repeat of the attack on the team coach on the way to Anfield for the Champions League quarter-final first-leg game in April 2018. Guardiola claimed Merseyside police knew then what could happen yet failed to act] Hopefully it will not happen again. The police knew it and didn’t do anything. I don’t know what they are going to do.

Hopefully it will be an incredible game for the Premier League and all around the world. Hopefully it will not happen the same that happened two seasons ago when we arrive at Anfield.

I didn’t like the bus incident but inside the stadium when the Liverpool fans support, it’s perfect, lovely – that’s why we’re involved in the sport. The stadium, the history speaks for itself

2019 11 13 Retrieve

[Manchester City star handed one-game suspension and £50,000 fine for Benjamin Mendy tweet] Bernardo is one of the most lovely people I have ever met in my life. He speaks four or five languages – that is the best way to understand how open-minded he is – and one of his best friends is Mendy. He is like a brother for him. The image for the two is not about the colour of the skin

2019 11 23 Retrieve

[Ederson and Benjamin Mendy are back in the City starting XI for the visit of Chelsea] Chelsea in the last many years have been an incredible top team. From the beginning Frank’s team have played really well. He is consistent in his ideas. The results are there. I’m happy for him. I don’t know him very well, but a little bit and got info of him here and he is an excellent person. Playing the way they play is perfect for English football

2019 11 25 Retrieve

[Guardiola’s staying but Man City fans shouldn’t expect him to sign a new contract] I want to stay, I don’t have any reasons to move. I am incredibly satisfied to work with this club, with these players, and if the people think I am going to resign for these results and being nine points behind [Liverpool], the people do not know me

I like to have this challenge, I love to be in this position. If the club wants [me] next season I want to be here 100 per cent. I want to live in this city because I know lovely people here and I want to work and live with them and I want to be here

2019 12 01 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola when asked about staying beyond his current deal] I’m open (to the idea), yes. It is not about what the club wants or not. For me, I want to see my players and the reaction of my players and everything. It is not as simple as I want to extend. I want to see the club, I want to see the players, I want to see how we are still working together. That is the most important thing after five years together. You have to feel like we can do it together and enjoy to work together

I’m so comfortable working with this club. When you are (somewhere for) five years it depends on the results. We will see what happens this season and next season

2019 12 03 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola rules out Manchester City spending in January transfer window] I don’t want any players in January. We could not sign a centre back [in the summer]. Nico Otamendi continued and we decided to adapt Fernandinho in this position and that’s all

There will be a need to regenerate. David Silva has confirmed he is leaving. Fernandinho doesn’t know, but its normal when players reach this age and stage in their lives. Of course we have to replace them [if they leave]

2019 12 13 Retrieve

[He’s asked about a report that says there’s a ‘break’ clause at the end of this season. He rubs his eye and gives this weary response] No, it’s not true. I spoke about that a few weeks ago, one week ago, yeah, about my intentions with the club

2019 12 16 Retrieve

[When asked to address the possibility of Arteta taking over at Arsenal, Guardiola told his post-match press conference on Sunday] He’s an important, important part (of Manchester City’s set-up). If it happens, it will happen. When he wants to talk we are open to talk but it’s private, I don’t want to make things uncomfortable

2019 12 19 Retrieve

[Man City FFP decision delayed until 2020] We are not guilty until it’s proven. This club makes a big step forward with the investment [we have made]. Can you do that without top players? No way. Money helps to buy the incredible players we have.

But [regarding the UEFA investigation] we wait, if we’re punished we accept it. But I listen to my chairman [Khaldoon al-Mubarak] and my CEO [Ferran Soriano], they give me the arguments for why we are under investigation and I trust them.

They tell me we are fair and we absolutely follow the rules, I believe them. If the opponents and contenders think it’s just about the money, it is OK.

2019 12 20 Retrieve

[David Silva is a doubt for Saturday’s Premier League match against Leicester City but striker Sergio Aguero and centre back John Stones are both fit again] Aguero and Stones had training sessions. Silva, no

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed his assistant Mikel Arteta is in talks with Arsenal but will still travel to Oxford on Wednesday night for their Carabao Cup quarter-final] He’s an incredible person, work ethic, and that’s why he’s with us. He is talking with Arsenal so I don’t know what’s going to happen. Now it happens with Mikel that teams want him. He knows exactly what we would like but at the end the decision is personal

2020 01 03 Retrieve

[why Man City want to give Eric Garcia a long-term deal] Busquets was so curious to know that in that age, 17 or 18 - there are not many. In the squad there are people who love to understand the game and talk tactics and others who don’t. That doesn’t mean it’s good or bad. But Eric is a guy who likes to know why. Why? Why the reason why? When he makes a mistake he understands quickly.

He will continue to make mistakes, of course. But when you have a guy who knows how to be stable - it’s important to be stable if you are a central defender, he’s always a seven or eight, not make an incredible performance but not make a lot of mistakes, and Eric in this situation as a young player that is always stable.

[City will be keen to tie Garcia down to a new long-term deal and Guardiola added that it’s only natural to want to talk to a defender who could make his third consecutive start on Saturday against Port Vale] I didn’t speak with Txiki, honestly, but when a player is 18, the club will want to extend the contract but the situation, I don’t know

[a buzz about his performances in the academy and scouting staff knew his qualities when he was at La Masia] I heard something about him he was in the Barcelona academy, he was the captain in all the youth teams, he arrived here and he was immediately a captain. That is how well he has settled in the team because he’s a lovely guy, well-educated, knows exactly what he has to. He’s not every over-exaggerated in his acts, and not shy in the other ones and he’s always calm and incredibly focused. I heard that when he was in Barca, and when I came here, City decided to pick him up and his progress is thanks to the academy coaches

[Guardiola jokes] I’m not a nice guy. He’s comfortable playing on the right foot, not the left. It is not easy but he’s slotted in so well. He’s helped us in this period with a lot of problems

2020 01 11 Retrieve

[Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on whether he would ever manage Manchester United] After training City I will never train them; I would not train [Real] Madrid [after Barcelona]. I’d be in the Maldives if I don’t have any offers. Maybe not the Maldives because it doesn’t have any golf courses

2020 01 18 Retrieve

[Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on whether Sergio Aguero was the best striker he has ever coached] The best is [Lionel] Messi. Messi is number 9, number 10, number 11, number 7, number 6, number 5, number 4. But Sergio [Aguero], [of] the rest, is absolutely one of them.

2020 01 21 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola has suggested that no Manchester City player is safe ahead of a summer overhaul in the transfer market] I have an idea of what we need. We speak quite often with the club. There are still four months [to go] and it depends on that. We are going to take a decision. Everything is related to the performance, not about the contract we have or what we are. For me as a manager, [I’m] being observed and it’s the same for the players

2020 02 15 Retrieve

[Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola with a humble response when it was him that he was the best coach in the world] What is the best coach in the world? I never felt I am the best, never in my life. When I won six titles in a row in Barcelona and won trebles, I never felt that. I won because I had extraordinary players at big clubs. There are incredible managers, they don’t have these players, they don’t have these big clubs. I’m a good manager but not the best. Give me a team that is not like Manchester City, I am not going to win

2020 03 07 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola when asked if he plans on getting a tattoo of Wembley after winning the League Cup with Manchester City] My body doesn’t accept it (laughs).

2020 04 04 Retrieve

[Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola addresses the club’s fans] We miss football. We miss the life that we had a few days ago but now is the time to listen, to follow our scientists, doctors and nurses. You are my football family and we are going to do everything possible to make you feel better. We’ll come back from this stronger, better, kinder … and a little bit fatter. Stay inside, stay safe

2020 04 17 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola to the press prior to Alcantara’s signing] I spoke to the club about my concept and told them why I want Thiago. He is the only player I want. It’ll be him or no one

2020 06 10 Retrieve

[Manager Pep Guardiola is out of contract in June 2021, although the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss reiterated his commitment in the wake of UEFA’s sanctions] Unless they sack me, which can happen, I will not leave. Why should I? I love this club, I like to be here, and after we have seen the sentence [appeal] we will focus on what we have to do. I want to stay to continue to help the club and maintain this level as long as possible. That’s not just because I have a contract, we want to fight to the end for the people who support this club.

2020 06 12 Retrieve

[Foden is the man to replace David Silva] David Silva is going to leave this season and we are not going to buy any player in his position because we have Phil Foden.

2020 06 25 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola has offered his congratulations to Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp’s side prepare to confirm their status as Premier League champions] I have other options. We have a few players injured. Listen, we cannot win titles. But we cannot deny this tough week. Congratulations to Liverpool, they have won it. Champions League qualification, we are in a good position so the FA Cup becomes important. We have three or four academy players on the bench. I think all the managers didn’t know how the teams would be after these exceptional situations. We got a good result [against Burnley] and that was the important thing

[Phil Foden starred with two goals in City’s 5-0 thrashing of Burnley on Monday, but he was missing from their squad at Stamford Bridge] He picked up a little injury after Burnley. The day after he could not train. We have Newcastle so we need him, and for Liverpool too

2020 06 25b Retrieve

[Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted that his side’s chase for a third successive Premier League title lacked passion] We won eight titles in a row which had never happened before in this country. It can happen to miss one. We lost Vincent Kompany to Anderlecht and had Aymeric Laporte injured. After we won those titles maybe we didn’t have the same passion as Liverpool. After two seasons the gap is big. We were not consistent like the previous seasons. Liverpool won the Champions League and were given confidence. They played every game like it was their last game. In the beginning, we didn’t play like that way. Congratulations to Liverpool for this great season. We still have five or six weeks to play but we won a lot in the last few years and of course we want to close the gap. We cannot forget we are still second in the league so we are better than a lot of the teams.

In terms of the game, we played good. Not a lot of pressure in the box. But we play in general a good game but our mistakes…

2020 06 26 Retrieve

[Speaking on his players’ fitness levels ahead of the 2018 Community Shield against Chelsea] We have just four or five days to prepare for the first final [Community Shield]. so we have to adapt. Some of them are coming back before, some are coming back after the final

2020 06 26b Retrieve

[Guardiola was impressed and the former Barcelona boss intimated that he sees Chelsea as title challengers next season] It was tight in both games [against Chelsea this season]. When we won 2-1 at home, they were more aggressive up front and here, they were more patient and waited for their counterattacks. They have incredible players in the middle and players who can run. So, yes, they did well and congratulations to Chelsea for the victory. Chelsea is a classic team in the Premier League and European football. On their bench is Jorginho, (Mateo) Kovacic, Pedro and (Kurt) Zouma. So, they have incredible guys in their squad, too, and then they have extra talent with Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech coming in this summer. That shows the [competitiveness] of the Premier League. Every season is tougher than the last and we are going to think about what we are going to do to improve.

2020 06 27 Retrieve

[What Pep Guardiola and Manchester City need to do to win back Premier League title] I had the feeling after Liverpool won the Champions League they were incredibly focused

2020 06 27b Retrieve

[Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola declined to confirm his future at the Etihad Stadium beyond the end of the 2020-1 season as the club’s focus shifts to the FA Cup after losing their Premier League crown] I’m incredibly excited for this part of the season, and the next one. I am incredibly satisfied to be in this club and to try to do our best. But I don’t want to think too far ahead. Now is not the time. I just think about today. I want the players to recover because the last 15-20 minutes were so demanding 10 against 11. We have a tough game against Newcastle and that’s what I have to be focused on

[Pep faces something of a dilemma at centre-back for the last-eight meeting, having revealed that John Stones joins the suspended Fernandinho in missing out against the Magpies] He’s still injured. We knew it after lockdown for the lack of preparation. We knew it - lack of preparation and this amount of games in a short time we have to survive. Survive and try to qualify for the Champions League and arrive good on Sunday

2020 06 27c Retrieve

[Last-minute Liverpool] My son and my daughter, all the time when [Liverpool] win in the last minutes, ask me how lucky they are. It’s not lucky’. What Liverpool has done last season and this season many, many times is because they have this incredible quality and this incredible talent to fight until the end

2020 06 28 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola acknowledged his Manchester City side is bound to show more focus in their quest for FA Cup and Champions League glory after seeing the defence of their Premier League title officially ended] After the defeat in London against Chelsea, of course now in the Premier League we’re struggling a little bit to focus. We’re playing for qualification to the Champions League, it’s not done but we’re close, we need two victories. But, of course, now the FA Cup and Champions League it’s a little bit different for the fact we’re playing at Wembley again, we were winners last season, we are in the semis again and that’s so, so good. Then we prepare for the end of the season against Madrid

First we are in the semi-final, it was not easy to attack against defenders so, so deep. It was a solid performance, we conceded few [chances]and we are happy to be going back to London to Wembley

2020 06 28b Retrieve

[Man City will give Liverpool deserved guard of honour] We are going to do the guard of honour, of course. Always we receive Liverpool, when they came to our house, in an incredible way. They cannot complain. Of course we are going to do it because they deserve it.

[The ex-Barcelona boss is confident he knows why City came up well short in their bid for three in a row] I did not say [City played] without passion. Don’t put words I didn’t say. I don’t know the passion from Liverpool. I guess, I imagine what happened, when you are three-zero years without winning the Premier League, after winning the Champions League you are focused on that. But I didn’t say this. Because a team that wins eight titles (including the 2018 and 2019 Community Shields) has passion. In every single game, every single competition. No one in this country can say that [City don’t have passion]. It is so difficult what we have done in the most difficult league by far in the world. In sport you have to live for the future, the next, but you have to have a little bit, one eye, on what we have done. Don’t forget we are an incredible club and an incredible organisation. What we have to do is learn. I think we know the reason why we suffered this season and we’re going to try to solve it next season

[Goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne established a 2-1 advantage over Zinedine Zidane’s men at the Santiago Bernabeu back in February] Of course, we have a big challenge for these two titles. We fought for the Carabao Cup with the way we played and won the Community Shield against the champions of Europe. We are going to try at Newcastle to win and prepare for the last games of the Premier League, and arrive in the best conditions possible for Madrid

2020 06 28c Retrieve

[It has been suggested City’s hunger or passion may have dipped following last year’s treble success but Guardiola insists that is not true] A team that wins eight titles (trophies) in the last three years have passion, in every single game, in every competition, everywhere. No one in this country can say that. t is so difficult to do what we have done in the most difficult league in the world but you cannot win all the time. There was one team that was exceptional and, when one team is exceptional, I say learn from them and congratulate them. It is simple. This team’s passion and desire, it is going and going and going again

[Pep targeting FA Cup semis] Right now it is a priority because it is the next game and we can get Wembley again in the semi-final. I saw Newcastle and they have the weapons to punish us. The important thing is this game and after you can finish the Premier League as best as possible, finish second, and after that we have time to prepare for Real Madrid. James Milner

2020 06 28d Retrieve

[Liverpool took the Premier League crown City have worn for the last two years when they ended their own 30-year quest for a league title last Thursday, after Guardiola’s side were beaten at Stamford Bridge] Of course we are going to do it. Always we receive Liverpool when they come to our house in an incredible way. They cannot complain and, of course, we are going to do it because they deserve it

2020 06 29 Retrieve

[Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling booked Manchester City’s place in the last four of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win at Newcastle] We are delighted after the defeat against Chelsea to be in London again at Wembley to play against Arsenal in the semi-final to try to reach the final of the FA Cup. Always it’s an incredible trophy and it gives us an extra bonus. We spoke after what happened in the Premier League - we need two more victories to qualify for Champions League. But we have two competitions we can win. We made the first step today. It will be good to arrive against Real Madrid in the best condition. To win this title would be the best way to prepare for Madrid

2020 06 29b Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola has challenged his Manchester City players to prepare for their Champions League showdown with Real Madrid by winning the FA Cup] We are delighted after the defeat against Chelsea to be in London again at Wembley to play against Arsenal in the semi-final to try to reach the final of the FA Cup. Always it’s an incredible trophy and it gives us an extra bonus. We spoke after what happened in the Premier League - we need two more victories to qualify for Champions League. But we have two competitions we can win. We made the first step today. It will be good to arrive against Real Madrid in the best condition. To win this title would be the best way to prepare for Madrid

It was a fantastic goal from Raheem. For the penalty, I didn’t see the review. Gabriel Jesus could have headed the ball and I think the opponent pushed him. De Bruyne is definitely reliable and hopefully he can carry on because we struggled a lot this season with this

2020 06 30 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola has confirmed City will give Liverpool a guard of honour at the Etihad] Of course we are going to do it. We are going to do the guard of honour, of course. Always we receive Liverpool when they come to our house in an incredible way. They cannot complain and, of course, we are going to do it because they deserve it.

2020 07 01 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola has confirmed Manchester City will give Liverpool a guard of honour when the teams meet on Thursday] I’m not sure if I ever got one [at Borussia Dortmund]. I’m not 100 per cent sure but it is a long time ago that I won in Germany. I don’t know if it’s a German tradition, but it’s an English tradition so we will take it. It is a nice gesture, 100 per cent. I wouldn’t need it to be honest because we go there to win a football game and don’t celebrate things that happened a week before, but it’s a nice gesture. That’s it pretty much

I like it that the AFCON was postponed but what I don’t like is the reasons for it. The African continent feels that it is not possible to have a tournament there, which I don’t like obviously. But from a planning point of view it makes sense and for us, it helps because we don’t have to consider this tournament at that moment. The tournaments that are in the middle of the season are not cool for planning. We have three of the best, if not the three best, African players in our squad.

2020 07 03 Retrieve

[Guardiola has no doubt Foden is now ready to fill the void the imminent departure of David Silva will create and has also tipped him to shine in Southgate’s England side] All the managers around the world love to work with good players. I am more than satisfied with him. It is an incredible reality. It is incredible news for us, for Manchester City, we have this player for the next years. I don’t want to say anything wrong but Gareth Southgate has an incredible talent for the national team in his hands. I saw many players in my life. I was training with incredible players and Phil will be one of them

2020 07 03b Retrieve

[Speaking to Guardiola earlier this week, his eyes are firmly fixed on more silverware this season] I am not thinking about winning the next Premier League. We have won two trophies this season and we have two more ahead of us. I never start a season with the dream of winning this title or that one, the only dream is to see the team getting better. This is what we have to do