A big start at Manchester City? “I told myself it was over”

A big start at Manchester City? “I told myself it was over”
A big start at Manchester City? “I told myself it was over”

“The reality is I’m closer to leaving than staying,” Guardiola told Sky Sports on Sunday evening, “it’s been eight years (that I’ve been here).”

Asked if he felt like he had done everything in his position, the 53-year-old Catalan replied: “I already had that feeling last season (…) When we won in Istanbul (the Champions League editor’s note), I said: ‘It’s over. What am I still doing here? It’s over, there’s nothing left to do’.

“But I have a contract (until June 2025 editor’s note), I am here and I enjoy it. Sometimes I am a little tired, but sometimes I like it,” added the coach who has just set a new record history of four consecutive victories in the league, while Liverpool and Manchester United have never exceeded three victories in a row.

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“Right away, I’m not able to tell you exactly what my motivation will be to continue next season, because it’s sometimes difficult to find it once you’ve achieved everything (…) When I arrived here, if someone had told me that I was going to win the championship six times in seven seasons, I would have said to you ‘you’re crazy, it’s impossible’,” he added.

“For the moment, my feeling is that I want to stay next season”, however clarified the former coach of Barcelona and Bayern Munich: “We have spoken with the club, we have time to discuss next season , because I also have to see the players, if they follow me I will stay and we will talk during the season, calmly.

In England, only legendary Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson has done better than Guardiola, with 13 league titles gleaned during 28 years at the helm of his club.

But under Guardiola, City became the first English club to win the Premier League/FA Cup/League Cup domestic treble in 2019, before winning the continental treble in 2023 Premier League/FA Cup/League Cup. champions.

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