Manchester City complete return of victory declaration against PSG at the top of the Champions League group
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With all eyes on Mauricio Pochettino who is being considered for the Manchester United job and a return to the Premier League – and United’s structure behind the scenes scrutinized after their decline since the era of Sir Alex Ferguson – Pep Guardiola pointed out importance of Man City football manager Txiki Begiristain in keeping him at the club.
“One of the reasons I extended my contract twice is that Txiki is there,” Guardiola said. “He trusted me as a manager when I was no one in world football, training in the fourth division and he trusted me when he could choose many amazing managers at that time.
“We met when I was 19. Since then we’ve been close friends and we work incredibly well together and when we win we try to analyze why and when we lose we try to analyze why and no one don’t judge the other one, good or bad.
“I’m never judged for results, (but) for our ability, him and me. He never speaks to the media. Success is always for others, it’s always behind the scenes and you can’t find those kind of people in this world because egos are so high too.
“I can do my job completely freely, accepting good times and bad times. In bad times it is closer than ever and in good times we celebrate with a glass of wine.
Jack Grealish is on the verge of missing a muscle problem, while Kevin De Bruyne is in the process of isolating himself with Covid-19.
“I think the biggest challenge for both teams is that the two managers know each other pretty well,” City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan said. “Unfortunately he was able to beat us quite regularly in the past and also in Tottenham games so it’s not really a benefit for us, but in modern play all the teams have started to get to know each other well. have the ability to find their way around other, so I don’t think there are a lot of items left.