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Pep Guardiola focused on ‘just having fun’ in the Champions League

Pep Guardiola takes a shot at his critics, saying that “nothing will be enough” and that he’ll “just have fun” in the Champions League

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is tired of his critics who are constantly talking of a “disaster” if City don’t win a Champions League under him. With Manchester City facing RB Leipzig on Wednesday, the City boss wants to relax and enjoy the fixture.

Pep just wants to have fun!

Man City boss Pep Guardiola is tired of critics mentioning Manchester City’s failures in the Champions League under hem. He’d much rather relax and “just have some fun” in the Champions League.

“From the first season, I get this,” he said initially. “I arrive here, and people say, ‘you arrive here to win the Champions League’.”

Guardiola then added: “I would say if my career finished tomorrow, if I could not be manager literally tomorrow, I would be more than blessed with what I’ve done at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and here in Europe and in other competitions.

“I could never expect to have the career I had in this short time. Not just the success we had all together over this period of 13, 14 years, but for the fact the way we played, this way I love it. I couldn’t ask more.

“I arrive here, and people say, ‘you arrive here to win the Champions League’.”

“We want to do our best. What’s going to happen is going to happen. In the end, destiny is already written. We’ll do our best, as we have done. We have been close sometimes, sometimes not, sometimes closer.

“This is my feeling. I lived that position. I had the feeling of what we have done, all of us for many years, whatever happened, it is going to fail.

“Whatever I do personally in the future, whatever I have done in the past, I’m going to fail. Nothing will be enough.

“When I learned that, I just have fun, enjoy being here in this press conference. After, a good dinner with good wine, watch Liverpool-Madrid, a little bit Napoli, always a pleasure, prepare well the game.

“Leave it for the players: let’s go, guys, try to do it again.”

Pep went on to downplay the importance of winning the Champions League, at least as far as his legacy at Man City is concerned.

“Everyone put the perspective that everything is a disaster if you don’t win some prizes. But I don’t know if everyone put this perspective on themselves.” Guardiola added.

“I don’t want to put pressure on myself. I’m blessed to be here.

“I never thought when I arrived, we have to win every year the Premier League, or every year we have to win three or four Champions Leagues. Except Real Madrid, the rest cannot do it.

“We just try to do what we have done. The last two seasons we have been really close and played really good games. We’ll try to do it again.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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