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Guardiola: I love sharing incredible moments with City fans

Pep Guardiola says that sharing 'incredible moments' with City fans is a privilege for him.

The power of the relationship between manager and fans was seen most assuredly in our last Barclays Premier League game - a 2-1 victory over Fulham.

That saw City dominate – and eventually win - a tight contest, despite being a man down for over an hour.

Guardiola, usually emotionally-controlled win, lose or draw, was overjoyed on the final whistle, his charged mood captured wonderfully in a video clip that became social media gold after the game.

But he insisted it was important to share those memorable moments with fans when they come along.

He said 'seeing the happy faces' of our supporters is hugely rewarding - and keeps him hungry for more honours.

"It was a special moment. 10 against 11," said Guardiola reflecting on the dramatic victory over the Cottagers.

"We score in the last minutes. The people were there. Never go home.

"I said many times to the players when we play away ‘go to our fans and stay there’. Not five seconds. Stay there a little bit long. Because we cannot enjoy only when we lift the trophies. It’s ridiculous.

"There are moments during the season. There are games, special games, where you have to share it. To see the faces, the happy faces, of the people. You have to do it.

"Not all of the time. Not all of the games. Most of the time, I don’t go on the pitch when we finish the game, I go inside. But there are moments when I want to feel it.

"When I play bad and win, I don’t go there. I go home. I go inside. And say something to the players.

"But there are moments. I want to enjoy it. The players have to. When we play away in a difficult game and when our fans travel south of England, that is not easy for them for many reasons, and [if] we won the game 'come on, go there and see the faces'.

"Don’t forget the faces when they are clapping and they say 'thank you' to us.

"What a privilege to give them something like here.

"There are many things we live together, many, many things. There are good moments and bad moments as well. I cannot forget Madrid there. I cannot forget Tottenham here. Many things that are part of our lives. When you have six years, you live these kind of things.

"Fortunately we live very, very good things in that period. Whatever happens, it’s part of incredible moments of my life here. That is no doubt."

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As well as fan backing, Guardiola said the ‘stable’ relationship he enjoys with Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Director of Football Txiki Begiristain and CEO Ferran Soriano has also been invaluable during six glorious seasons, which have earned us four Premier Leagues, four League Cups and one FA Cup.

He added: "I have said many times, it’s difficult to find what I have here as a manager.

"To be a manager a long time you have to be so supported. The results help a lot. It’s undeniable. Otherwise you know, in this world, they sack you, they fire you. We know that.

"But part of that is the fact that [at] the big clubs it’s so important for the success for the manager when you have the Chairman Khaldoon, Sporting Director especially, of course CEO, all the people here.

"Because this goes to the players, goes to the media, goes to the fans, goes everywhere, that it doesn’t matters what happens, this is stable."

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