Saturday 13 May 2017

I Won’t Change My Philosophy - Pep Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists he will not change his philosophy despite a trophyless first season at Manchester City. Ahead of their third-to-last game of the campaign against Leicester, Guardiola admits his first season at the Etihad has been a failure.

City need to win their remaining matches to secure third spot and qualify for the Champions League, and Guardiola has cast a rueful eye across Manchester as Jose Mourinho and United prepare for a Europa League final.

He said “Football is football everywhere and the more quality you have, the stronger mentality you have, the more chances you have to win the games. The only power I have is the team is going to play the way I want to play. Of course I would like to have physical, strong teams, good at headers, fast. I like that but the team is going to play the way I want to play. I'm not going to dismiss that way. I like high pressing, I want to improve the second balls, I want to make a good build-up, I want to play quick as much as possible, but at the end it depends on the quality of the players. We are going to try to adapt the philosophy of the club with the players we have, and buy the players we need to play in that way. That is what we are looking for. How can I convince my players to play another way that I don't feel? The players are so intelligent, they know you are lying to them. When I am sitting there also I am a fan, I want to enjoy seeing my team playing.”

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