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Name Pep Guardiola
Gender Male
Ethnic Catalan
Job Catalan Footballer
  Manchester City Manager
  Spanish Coach

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

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

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 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

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 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 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 Manchester United 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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