Men's Team

Pep highlights collective role in City success

Pep Guardiola believes City’s collective ethos is behind our strong start to the 2021-22 campaign.

City currently sit just two points off the Premier League summit, and face Brighton in Saturday’s 17:30 (UK) kick-off hoping to extend our unbeaten run to eight matches.

Furthermore, Kyle Walker's goal in midweek against Club Brugge means an incredible 15 different players have now found the net in all competitions for City this season, more than any other English side.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of our trip to the Amex, Guardiola insisted that our impressive form has been made possible by everyone pulling in the same direction.


He said: “We have done it, not ‘I’ have done it. I'm a part of a process. You cannot imagine how I am supported unconditionally.

“Of course, the players are the main reason we are there but all staff, the backroom staff, all the success is because WE have done it.

“People believe we are responsible. The influence we have is much more minor than it actually is.

“In society, you want to point at one person. It’s difficult to understand everyone is involved.

“Never have I felt that ‘I’ won a game. It's a team. I am good because my mates, the backroom staff helped me. I try to help them to be better. That's the secret in our job.

“We need egos to be better but people who think just for themselves, I don't like to be with them.”

Guardiola also provided an update on the fitness of the squad heading into our clash with the Seagulls.

Ilkay Gundogan made his return to the first team fold in our 5-1 win over Club Brugge, while Oleks Zinchenko was once again on the bench as he nears a return to action for the first time since late August.

"The team is in really good condition," Guardiola added when asked to provide a fitness update.

The City boss also offered words of support to Steve Bruce, who left Newcastle United by mutual consent on Wednesday.

The Catalan could not speak highly enough of the 60-year-old, wishing him well for the future after stepping down as manager of the Magpies.

“He is an exceptional gentleman, always took care of me so nicely when I came from Catalonia. I wish him all the best,” Pep declared.

“Managers try to do the best for everything. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.

“Nobody deserves to be treated like that but the people who know him - family, friends, people of Newcastle, the board, the players know exactly what he is.

“I wish him well and that he will be back soon when he has the opportunity. He has the love of football in the blood. Hopefully I can see him soon.”