Premier League: Pep Guardiola determined to prove himself in England


New Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he has chosen to move to a Premier League club in order to prove his worth as a manager in England. The Spaniard was presented at the Etihad Stadium in front of 7,000 Manchester City fans last weekend. "That is why I am here. I proved myself in Barcelona and after I proved myself in Germany I wanted to prove myself in England," Guardiola said. "I cannot do that alone. I need the players, the staff. We need our fans. Without that, it is impossible."

The Spanish boss joins City after a three-year spell at Bayern Munich where he won all three Bundesliga titles but failed to reach the final of the Champions League. He did win the Champions League twice with Barcelona, along with three Primera Liga titles, two Spanish Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups. "I like the players who don't just think for themselves but think about Manchester City," Guardiola added. "We are all the people who are working here. The reason we are here is thinking 'what can we do to make this club a better club'. I don't want the guys to think about what the club can do for them. We are here to make Manchester City a better club in the next three, four, five years."

Guardiola also confirmed that the new club policy is to develop young players: "One of the reasons I decided to come to Manchester City is I know from sporting director Txiki Begiristain how good they are working with the young players - 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, they grow and grow and imagine they can join us in the first team." Ilkay Gundogan, the first signing of the summer for Manchester City, said: "I have no doubt Pep will form a great team, a competitive team. He was the biggest influence in me coming here. The team has a lot of talent, and he's the best manager in the world. It's a really exciting time and we are looking forward to it."

Manchester City are 9/4 at Bet365 to win the Premier League title next season.

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  • Serbia urkesh0rk

    6/7/16

    Well he proven himself in every country he went, but now he faces biggest challenge of his coaching career. He will be competing with Mourinho, Conte, Klopp, Wenger, Ranieri, Pocetino and many others. This has to be one of the strongest competitions coach-vise in the history of football. Pep has all the quality to come on top, but he will need luck and determination aswell.

  • Bulgaria sharpe

    24/7/16

    I'm sure that he's determined to prove himself in England but I'm also sure he's determined to put in the millions offered by Man City into his pocket. I guess he would rather stay in Bayern because he didn't succeed to lift the CL cup there but the money offered by the English team was too huge for Guardiola to resilient to them and beside he's a that type of person who always love to circle around I think.

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