Pep Guardiola has spent six incredibly successful seasons as Manchester City manager.
We have won 11 trophies under his stewardship, including four Premier League titles in the past five seasons.
In 2018, we collected a record 100 points as we won the Premier League by a record 19-point margin, before becoming the first team in English football history to win all four domestic trophies in a single season.
He has had a transformative effect on the entire club, with his exacting standards creating a winning mentality and a clear philosophy in terms of style of football.
During his six seasons in the Premier League to date, City have scored more goals, conceded fewer, completed more passes and had more possession of the ball than any other side.
We haven’t just won consistently – we have done so in style.
To celebrate this remarkable period, we sat down with Guardiola during our recent US Tour for an in-depth, unfiltered interview.
Discussing his emotions after our final-day 3-2 victory over Aston Villa in May, which sealed our fourth Premier League title in five seasons, Guardiola says:
“It’s for the fact of winning here. Looking up to see the family in the stands, and yeah, of course it goes to everything that you have.
“It’s not just winning in that moment, it’s because of the disappointment in Madrid, and the tough battle in Atletico Madrid, 13 games or 12 games you have to win to beat Liverpool. There are many things, many aspects that in that moment said, ‘okay, it’s over.’
“I’m pretty sure I would not cry if we lost the game or if we did not win Premier League, but at that moment, the joy, the hug, the people you love; Juanma, Manel, Rodolfo, Emily and Sam, all the people, the staff, the group of staff in that moment, it is a lot.
“Yeah we are well, we are sleeping well, we are eating well, but the last months, they are so, so intense, and for the players as well.
“So disappointment, it was really, really tough for us, how they react after the games, four or five games winning, five-zero against Newcastle, go to Wolves and win one-four, one-five, I don’t remember exactly. These moments, always they are 24 hours living with the tension to do it, in that moment, said, ‘wow, we did it’, and after being calm, you can celebrate with your family, with your friends, this is amazing.
“That’s why it makes sense, our job. I think all the players who were there, all the people who were there, we now forget that specific five minutes what Gundo has done with the impact on Raheem when they start, with the impact from Oleks and everyone, with the ball, the way we celebrate the third goal.
“Bernardo goes from here to across the pitch to celebrate there, and all the staff inside, and you felt it. When everyone pushes in that way, at the end, the good moments always come.”
Watch the full interview – Pep Guardiola: Unscripted – above!
Guardiola’s Manchester City record
Trophies: 11 (4x Premier League, 1x FA Cup, 4x League Cup, 2x Community Shield)
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