The Spanish strategist now owns a team that is considered a top candidate for the championship and he and his students are looking to win the most prestigious tournament in Europe for the first time. first since taking the reins at Etihad Stadium in 2016.
City will face Guardiola’s former club Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday. Interviewed in the pre-match press conference, the 52-year-old captain said: “We want to try. It is an honor to be here to face an elite club like Bayern and I am very happy. to be here. It’s not taken for granted and you have to deserve it by playing well.”
“When I was appointed and came here seven years ago, people asked me this every season. I understand that. We tried every season, but there are teams you face who are also very good and desire to win,” the Spaniard added.
In this match, Guardiola will have the opportunity to face the new Bayern coach, Thomas Tuchel – who led Chelsea when the London team beat Man City in the final in 2021.
Talking about his colleague, coach Guardiola said: “I was a bit surprised when Julian Nagelsmann was sacked. But Thomas Tuchel is one of the best coaches, possibly in the whole world. He does a very good job here. everywhere he went, like Germany, France or England. So it was a pleasure to see him again.”
Recalling the defeat to Tuchel in the Champions League final, Guardiola shared: “I congratulated Tuchel on the championship that year. That’s football, there are always winners and losers. Man City lost, but we did. We’re still here. We’ll always do it again like the world keeps spinning. It will always be like that.”