Pep Guardiola insists he’s got “everything” at Manchester City in the “beautiful” Premier League and won’t return to old clubs Barcelona or Bayern Munich.
Since arriving in 2016 from Bayern, Guardiola has led City to record-breaking domestic success with six trophies to his name already. Among them are two Premier League titles and an FA Cup.
The Catalan coach’s most notable feat, however, is in leading City to become the first team to break the 100-point barrier in the 2017/18 league campaign. He nearly managed it again last season only for the club to fall just two points short.
These feats in England have only enhanced Guardiola’s reputation as one of the greatest managers of all-time.
Prior to joining City, the 48-year-old led Barcelona to three La Liga titles and two Champions League crowns before winning three Bundesliga titles at Bayern.
Yet, what satisfies Guardiola the most is how he’s proved doubters wrong on successfully implementing his methods outside of Spain.
“What I like more is that I have proved that people who said we can’t play the same way in Germany or in the Premier League were wrong,” Guardiola told Ara.
“With [David] Silva, Bernardo Silva, [Raheem] Sterling or [Sergio] Aguero, all of them less than one metre 20! We have done it.
“We don’t concede many goals and we dominate positionally. We have the same ideas that we had when we trained the Barca youth team in the third division.
“I have everything here [at City], sincerely, everything I need. Working at home [in Spain], it is hard because the emotions are so intense and the press conferences harder.”
Guardiola previously confessed a desire to return to coaching Barcelona’s youth teams one day. Although he’s dismissed rumours suggesting he could become the club’s president.
“Here, in Manchester, I have Txiki Begiristain [director of football], who is the most important person in my career because he trusted me when I was no one,” said the Catalan.
“I have Soriano Ferran [City’s CEO] also, and you sometimes ask yourself, ‘how can he be that cold?’ But, at the same time, he manages with a brutal precision.
“When I win I am good, when I lose I am bad. That is the same everywhere, but in this club we are three or four people deciding in the sporting area, there isn’t the noise of 18 board members.
Guardiola added: “I have everything I desire to do my job.
“I won’t go back to Barcelona or Germany. Where can I have facilities that good to play in such a beautiful league like the Premier League?”