Monday 19 February 2018

Pep Guardiola gets grilled by Noel Gallagher in his first interview as Man City manager

Noel Gallagher puts the questions to Pep Guardiola CREDIT: MANCHESTER CITY OFFICIAL YOUTUBE
Noel Gallagher puts the questions to Pep Guardiola CREDIT: MANCHESTER CITY OFFICIAL YOUTUBE

Callum Davis

Pep Guardiola has given his first full length interview since he was officially unveiled as the manager of Manchester City.

The Spaniard greeted Manchester City fans for the first time on Sunday afternoon as part of a carefully planned public presentation outside the club's Academy.

Guardiola, who has signed a three year contract believed to be worth £45 million until 2019, gave his first interview as City manager to celebrity Blue, and former Oasis guitarist, Noel Gallagher.

In a light-hearted and entertaining video the former Bayern Munich manager explained his motivation for joining the club, and even revealed he was rejected by City in his playing days.

The hot topic of his renewed rivalry with Jose Mourinho was avoided, with Gallagher referring to the Manchester United manager only as "that bloke across the road."

Asked how he had prepared for life in the Premier League, Guardiola said he had no preconceptions of what to expect.

"I will have to learn, learn how we are going to play. But I have learned in Germany so why not here?

"They have told me it is so hard, so tough and the people say 'Pep is not going to be able to adapt', so that's why I'm here: to try and do it."

Gallagher, who starts the interview by welcoming Guardiola as 'El Signor,' asks whether the 45-year-old is ready for the press attention he will receive in England.

"When you lose and people say b******* you are angry and don't speak properly so that is how it is. But I lived in Barcelona - the people in Madrid are absolutely crazy.

"I've never had a press conference in England but I look forward to what is going on. I can survive."

The former Barcelona captain admitted he had come close to signing for the club as a player towards the end of his career, but Stuart Pearce had pulled out of the deal.

"I have to say that Stuart Pearce was right because I was 33, 34 and that age for a player is a disaster.

"He offered me six months but then I would have had to move my family so in the end I decided not."

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