PEP TALK: Guardiola On Mourinho, Conte, Sterling, Toure, Style

Pep Guardiola spoke to the press on Friday, the first time since succeeding Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City head coach. The former Barcelona and Bayern boss spoke of his respect for other coaches, how he hopes to adapt to the English game, his players and several other issues…

TRANSFERS

All the clubs in the world try to make themselves better.
This isn’t the right place to discuss new players out of respect for them and their clubs.
We will try to move the squad a little bit.

TOUGHSET JOB?

I don’t know.
You have to win every day and it is difficult in England.
It is hard to win four, five, six games in a row.
The managers have more experience than me and they talk about that.
The challenge is to add more consistency to our game but I think in my career, people always demand my team try to win as many matches as possible.
It is better to live in that pressure.

PLAYING STYLE

I am here to prove myself.

People say I would not be able to play the same way at Barcelona and Bayern as I will here.
This is another test for my career.
It would have been comfortable to stay where I was but it was the right moment to come here.

YAYA TOURE’S FUTURE

I know Yaya for a long time.
He did very well at Barcelona and here as well.
He is a huge talent.
All the players that are here right now count on me so after that we see what will happen in the future.
Not just for Yaya but for the other players.

KOMPANY

Everyone knows his quality.
My dream for him is to be fit.
We cannot ask about him in the last two years as he hasn’t played many games.
I spoke with him to say just focus on your body.
Forget about the other things, just focus to recover and come back where you were in the past.
After that, Vincent will decide for himself but we are sure of his quality.

MOURINHO RIVALRY

Jose said it pretty well. It’s not about me or him. The other one is going to win.
What I saw from the distance is that it is so tough to win games here.
I will find that out myself.
We have played against each other many times as coaches and the big coaches help me to reach another level.
My experience against him or Jurgen Klopp, they made me better.
All of the managers want to win and we want to do that as well.

CRITICISM OF ENGLAND PLAYERS

They were criticised because they lost.
When they lost it wasn’t the fault of Sterling. I hear the last ten days what happened especially with Sterling, of course he has a little problem, the money they pay for him is always in the mind of people but I am curious.
I am looking forward to work with him to help him.
I would like to work with English players here but they are so expensive here compared with other players around the world and it is not easy, but not just Joe or Raheem I will try to help all of them.

ADJUSTING TO ENGLISH FOOTBALL

I think it will be more physical. People say it’s less attractive but I don’t know.
I’ll talk to Brian Kidd and Mikel Arteta to learn more.
Brian is helping me to get to know the players.
Arteta is one of the best midfielders there has been and he knows English football.
He’s got 12, 13 years in Scotland and here. He knows what Boxing Day is like.

ANTONIO CONTE

He is a master tactician.
It’s a very good signing for Chelsea.
It’s going to be very interesting competing against him and other top coaches.

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