Pep lays down the law
MANCHESTER — Pep G Guardiola ( pictured) has warned his Manchester City players tha that they have to prove themselves all over again following his arrivalarriv at the club.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach was making his first public appeara appearance as City handler on Sunday in front of thousands of fans at a festival held at their Academy Stadium.
The Spania Spaniard is already familiar with the players he is inheriting,inheriting having faced his new club in Champions League contestscon in two of his three seasons at Bayern Munich.
In addit addition, the new manager has also been able to glean informationinform on the squad from director of football Txiki Begiristain, a close friend going back to their days together as Barcelona play players.
Guardiola has also mo moved quickly to bring in new talent, signing German midfielder Ilka Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund for 20million and Spain win winger Nolito from Celta Vigo for 13.8million.
But he insists that all of his players are starting with a clean slate - regardless of what they have achieved in the past.
Guardiola also said he had no intention of ditching the methods that brought him success in Spain and Germany and wants to prove it is possible to win in the Premier League by playing attractive football.
Guardiola won two C Champions League trophies, three La Liga titles and two King’s Cu Cup crowns as Barcelona coach before two domestic doubles followed at Bayern Munich.
“I have no preconceptionspreconcept at all about coming to England or the football in the Premier L League. I want to learn as much as possible,” he said in an interview o on Citytv on Sunday.
“I have an idea of how we will play, but when I arrived in Germany with Bayern Muni Munich, I had some ideas of how the team would play but changed them a as I went along.
“I know how hard the Premier League is and some people have said that I will find it ha hard to play the football I like to play in England, so I said to myself myself, ‘Why not?’ That’s why I’m here - because I want to try.
“We have to find a wa way to win and if we win one game, the next week we will say, ‘OK, let’sle try and do the same things this week’ - and if we win again, we’ we’ll say, ‘let’s do the things that won us those two games’ and so on,” h he said.
“I’ve been told it will b be hard to do that in the Premier League but we did it at Barcelona an and Bayern Munich and people may say, ‘Yes, that’s because it was Ba Barcelona and Bayern - it won’t be possible to do that in England’ and I just say OK, let’s try.”
Guardiola also spoke a about the City players and what they should expect.
“I know them. I have played against Manchester City in the last two or three years many times. I know their quality but they have to show me, show the fa fans again. The past is the past. The people don’t come here to remem remember what we did. We are here to try again.”
Guardiola has indicat indicated that he will not seek to inflame a longrunning rivalry with JoseJ Mourinho, who took charge of City’s neighbours Manchester United in late May.
The two managers we were involved in a number of public verbal confrontations in the tw two years between Mourinho’s arrival at Real Madrid in 2010 and Gua Guardiola’s departure from Barcelona in 2012, where he was a solid pla playmaker and club captain.
That rivalry reached its low point during a Spanish Super Cup meeting in 2011, when Mourinho was captured on camera poking Guardiola’s then-assista then-assistant Tito Vilanova in the eye during a touchline brawl.
The north west of Engl England will host several of football’s big managerial names next seaso season, with Jurgen Klopp in place at Liverpool and Ronald Koeman in charge at Everton, but Guardiola insists that the focus should be on the players.
“The people don’t comecom to see who the manager is, they come to see how good our player players are. I don’t think just that’s just the case this year, but in the pas past as well, with Klopp, with Conte, with Ranieri, Mourinho, Pochett Pochettino, Koeman. The reason I work here is just to help the players.”
Guardiola also laughe laughed off suggestions that he was about to make an attempt to bring fiv five-time world footballer of the year Lionel Messi to City.
The Barcelona forwar forward, who retired from international football last week, won two of his four Champions League titles when Guardiola was the club’s man manager.
But asked about the possibilitypo of a reunion in Manchester, Guardiola said: “He is not a b bad player, this guy. But I am sorry - Messi has to stay in Barcelona for the rest of his career.”
Meanwhile, former ArsenalAr midfielder Mikel Arteta confirmed on Sunday he had accepted a coaching role under Guardiola.
The 34-year-old Span Spaniard is retiring after a five-year stint with the Gunners, during whi which time he won two FA Cups.
“Following recent mediamed speculation surrounding my future I can confirm that I will be le leaving Arsenal and retiring from playing to take up a coaching posi position at Manchester City,” Arteta wrote on Twitter.
“I’ve enjoyed an amaz amazing five years at Arsenal and it’s been an honour and a privilege t to captain such a great club.
“I am now looking forw forward to the challenge ahead at Manchester City. The opportunity to join Pep Guardiola and his team was an amazing one for me and I am incredibly excited for the future.”
Arteta began his careercare at Spanish giants Barcelona and had spells at Paris Saint-ge Saint-germain, Rangers and Real Sociedad before moving to Everton in 20 2005, and Arsenal in 2011.
“Throughout my care career I have always been interested in more than just the playing sid side and have had a passion for helping progress and develop the tea team outside of just my own role as a player,” added Arteta, who has b been troubled by injuries in recent seasons.
“Coaching has always been something I’ve been keen to go in to and over the past few ye years I’ve worked hard off the pitch as well as on it to develop my skill skills in order to put me in a position to be able to pursue a coaching role once I finished playing.” Guardiola’s first m match since taking over from Manuel Pellegrini as City man manager will be against Manchester United in a pre-season tourn tournament in China on July 25.