Pep Guardiola shied away from the notion that he might write an enormous chapter in Manchester Metropolis’s historical past by guiding the membership to their first Champions League triumph.
The Blues boss helped spark a dynasty at Barcelona as a participant by serving to them to their first victory within the competitors, at Wembley in 1992 – they usually have since received it 4 extra instances, two of them beneath his administration.
However Guardiola deflected the query by declaring that there are others on the membership who need to hit the European pinnacle greater than he does.
Not surprisingly, long-time servants David Silva – whose Metropolis profession will finish after this event – and Sergio Aguero tripped off his tongue shortly sufficient, by way of extra deserving winners.
However the different two names he talked about have been just a little extra shocking.
He got here up with Nicolas Otamendi, additionally anticipated to depart the Blues as soon as this season concludes, after six years of service – and perhaps that issue prompted Guardiola to name him to thoughts as a worthy recipient of a winner’s medal.
He talked about how Otamendi, who has pale out of the beginning XI however is an skilled Argentina worldwide and a revered determine within the squad, was a giant voice within the dressing room earlier than the 2-1 in over Actual Madrid on Friday evening.
The fourth participant was Fernandinho, one other who has performed over 300 video games for the membership.
Requested about making historical past, simply as he did as a participant, Guardiola mentioned: “We’re going to strive, like each season. It’s not about me – David Silva deserves it greater than anybody else, Sergio as effectively.
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“Or Nico, how he was within the locker room earlier than the sport, supporting his teammates and taking part in the final 5 or ten minutes to assist us.
“And Fernandinho – who needs the identical degree… we’re going to strive.
“In the event you beat Madrid you might be usually within the closing and carry the trophy, however we have been within the final 16 and have a protracted street.”
Metropolis will head to Portugal on the finish of the week, however Guardiola says they won’t be hunkering of their resort rooms in between video games, with their very own event unfold over 9 days, in the event that they make the ultimate.
He mentioned they intention to take pleasure in their time in Lisbon, will deal with it like a World Cup and intention to chuckle their technique to success.
“Once you arrive at this stage and see the need of the gamers to win and undergo, it’s simply to have enjoyable,” he mentioned. “I do know they are going to be focussed, will put together extremely effectively, and can arrive prepared to achieve the semi-finals of the Champions League.
“We can not simply keep 9 or ten days in Portugal in our rooms, simply ready for the second. We’ve to attempt to make walks, and have good dinners and lunches collectively – and naturally, coaching. Then after that, we attempt to beat them.”