Manchester City is preparing the match vs Crystal Palace and a familiar face in Patrick Viera. The boss Pep Guardiola spoke ahead of the match and had a lot say.
Let’s dive in-
“I am incredibly happy,” he says. “We saw the team grow and grow. That is the best signal we are doing well.
“I try to adapt, adjust to the Premier League for specific things.
“After 200 games, I could not be more satisfied. It has been amazing, we lived the way we want to play and we did it. I will try to continue to do it.”
On Palace and Viera
“It will be an honour to see Patrick again here in Manchester. He was an important part of Arsenal’s history and what he did there was outstanding,
“After, I was lucky to meet him in New York. I’m happy he’s back at a high level in the Premier League, doing well.
“The last games, he played tough contenders, but his team showed their quality.
“When a person like Patrick came to Munich, you cannot imagine what an honour it was for me.
“This type of player and person - what he has done for world football - not just on the pitch, it’s a privilege and an honour.
“He has changed the dynamics and the way Palace play. They’ve always had really good players and it will be a real test.
“I am looking forward to seeing him.”
On responding to League Cup elimination
“It was in the news because we won four times in a row,”
“Playing this competition until the end winning many times did not affect (us in) other competitions.
“I would have liked to continue in this competition, because of the results we achieved (in past seasons) playing in the FA Cup, arriving at the Champions League semi-finals because we are used to playing every two or three days.
“I congratulate West Ham on reaching the next round.
“We are not going to play in the Carabao Cup, we will prepare in the week for the next games.
“Was it nice to be out? Completely the opposite. We can handle it. You cannot win all the time.
“It’s part of the game - in football and all of the sport. Normally you lose more than you win.”
A great talk as Pep also touched on his future and Xavi, Barcelona as his former club was in the news. All in all it seems there is heavy mutual respect between managers and that should make for a very interesting match.