Men's Team

Pep feels 'privileged’ ahead of huge week for City

Pep Guardiola says weeks such as the one ahead are why he loves being a manager.

City have a huge eight days coming up, starting at Chelsea tomorrow, then followed by a trip to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, rounding off at Anfield against Liverpool a week on Sunday.


But City boss is relishing the prospect.


It’s so nice,” he said. It’s a privilege. In the week of the Ryder Cup, too!.


“To get better is not possible. We go to London and prepare and then after we prepare the next one.


“Every year I get the idea that the Premier League is harder than before. It’s really tough. An incredible challenge for us.


“We accept the challenge and will go for it. It’s a big compliment for the Premier League and it should be so proud of the fantastic competition we have.


“For the brilliant managers, top quality players - not just 11 or 12, - every club has 15, 16 exceptional players.




“And now the fans are back. It’s an honour to be here and enjoy the Premier League in this country - thank you so much.”


City take on Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea tomorrow for the first time since last season’s Champions League final.


City had previously lost in the FA Cup and Premier League to the West Londoners, but Pep says Saturday’s clash is a new sheet of paper.


We played a great Champions League final. We lost, but we played a great final,” said the Catalan.


“We missed a little bit to be precise in the final third. We lost the second ball and their transition was so good.


“They’re structure defensively is so good and they have physicality.


“My impression is that we were really good. We played with courage and personality. Unfortunately on counter attacks they were better and they beat us.”