Pep Guardiola is grateful that he was given enough time to prove himself at Etihad – he was unable to win a single trophy his first season but now, he is at the top of the Premier League table and he already made it to the knockout stage of the Champions League.
There were a few questions after his first season – is he able to adapt to the Premier League style? Isn’t his style of football too “Spanish” for the English highest division? Will he be able to win something with Manchester City? But now, these questions seem to be a bit funny as Guardiola is at the top of the table with his team and he has become one of the main Champions League contenders.
The Spaniard talked about his first season as he said, according to Sky Sports: “Last season, we were not able to win one game away in the Champions League and this season we have won two, and hopefully against Shakhtar Donetsk, we can do so again. 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.”
He thinks that it’s impossible to adapt immediately as his players needed some time to get used to his style of football: “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.”
Pep Guardiola also spoke about his last opponent, Napoli, and he praised them: “We did quite well but they are outstanding so I accept that reality. You need to be mentally strong to recover and to take our moment and come back. The feeling is that we do what we have done, and that is tough for the opponents. We want to continue showing everything we can in every game.”