Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola on why he is ‘so happy’ to be at Man City

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has today heaped praise on the board at the club, thanking them for giving him time to implement his ideas.

‘A football genius’

Following his arrival at the Etihad last summer, Guardiola was routinely criticised by fans and pundits alike, with many calling into question the reputation of the Spaniard due to City’s struggles.

However, such doubters have since been forced to eat their words after the Citizens’ blistering start to the current campaign, with Guardiola’s men having earned victories in all but one of their fixtures across all competitions this season.

The former Barcelona boss has implemented his unique style of constant on-ball pressure when not in possession, and fluid, fast-paced attacks when in possession.

‘So happy’

The football being played by his side has been labelled as the finest of the Premier League era by many, with Guardiola himself keen to pay tribute to the board at the Etihad for giving him time to settle and prove himself:

‘The people expect that when a new manager comes it, that it can instantly work and sometimes people forget that you need time to settle something’, the 46-year-old explained in an interview with Sky Sports.

‘Get the players to know each other, to trust each other, to know everything about the Premier League – the opponents, the style of play, the referees – and it doesn’t matter how much success you had in the past or not, you need time sometimes.’

‘Fortunately, I am a lucky guy and I have a club where they give me time to do that, so I don’t have the feeling that they don’t trust me and that is fascinating. That’s why I’m so happy to be here.’

Splashing the cash

Guardiola also discussed his work on the transfer market during the summer, having splashed out big-money on the likes of Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva and more:

‘It’s a normal situation because the important generation of players over the last few years got older so it’s simple like that.’

‘You have to change like you change the manager or change the players, it is what it is.’

‘Of course it [the squad] is younger, with our strikers and midfielders, then there is Phil [Foden] and the new ones coming through so that’s good to have. You have the young ones in our side who are protected with older players like Yaya Toure and Nicholas Otamendi, and we need players who have that experience.’

‘We play in the Champions League sometimes with the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Leory Sane, and I think the age is 21 years on average so in playing on the bigger stages, that is good for the future of the club.’

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