Monday 19 March 2018

Pep Guardiola gives refreshingly honest response to question about the ravenous English media

Pep Guardiola has conducted his first press conference at Manchester City
Pep Guardiola has conducted his first press conference at Manchester City
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Welcome to Manchester, Pep.

The Spanish tactician has managed at two of the world's biggest football teams but even leading Barcelona and Bayern Munich won't prepare Pep Guardiola for the onslaught of media scrutiny he will be under in the Premier League.

As we've seen with England's Euro 2016 exit, the English media can turn on a team very quickly and emphatically, and Guardiola knows his reign at Manchester City won't be any different.

Speaking at his introductory press conference this afternoon, Guardiola was honest in expressing his nervousness in dealing with such a ravenous press pack, and explained why he doesn't like to be overly friendly with reporters who cover the team.

"I am afraid of all you," he said, in what appeared to be both a joke and a serious statement.

"That is why I take a little bit of distance. I know when we try to do our best and I know when it is not going well, you are not going to help us. I know a little bit about this business.

"That is why it is better to keep a bit of distance. When we play bad you have to say that we played bad so naturally I am disappointed and that it why it is better to be a little bit far away."

Much like Jose Mourinho yesterday, Guardiola downplayed the duo's heated rivalry, which many feel will almost certainly reignite when the season gets under way.

Mourinho and Guardiola's relationship was extremely volatile when they managed Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, and now that they are in the same city, there is sure to be plenty of confrontation as they compete for the same prizes throughout the upcoming campaign.

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