Pep Guardiola has paid tribute to his mentor Johan Cruyff ahead of Manchester City’s Carabao Cup final against Chelsea today.
The 48-year-old is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most successful managers of all-time given his record-breaking successes over the years in Spain, Germany and now England.
Since taking charge of Barcelona in 2008, in what was his first-ever managerial role of a first-team, Guardiola has collected 24 pieces of silverware and won 417 of his 564 games.
Now the Catalan coach is making his mark in the Premier League after leading City to the title last season and becoming the first team to break the 100-point barrier in English top-tier in only his second campaign.
Guardiola is now chasing his fourth trophy at City today in the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley with experts even backing the Citizens to go on and win an unprecedented quadruple.
And City own it all to Dutch legend Cruyff, who helped instil the required mentality and desire needed into Guardiola for cup finals during their time together at Barcelona.
“Mentality is always there, people say City have so much character and personality but I don’t know,” said Guardiola on the club website.
“When we drew in Monaco and were already qualified we still tried to score. The best way to play is to always look for another goal.
“In recent weeks the most important thing is that we are still fighting in all competitions.
“I learn a lot from Cruyff; the relationship with the media and make them believe that we are good and a nice club so that helped us a lot.
“You can’t win anything if you don’t believe we are strong enough to compete everywhere.”
The Carabao Cup final between City and Chelsea will begin at 5:30 PM (CET) at Wembley today.
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