Pep Guardiola: Manchester City boss reconsidering early retirement plan

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed he’s considering staying on in administration for much longer than he initially anticipated. 

Guardiola, who turns 50 this month, has beforehand stated he was not planning an extended profession as he has different pursuits in life he needs to pursue.

But, after just lately extending his contract on the Etihad Stadium to the summer season of 2023, Guardiola now admits he nonetheless feels retirement is a good distance off.

“Experience helps you, especially the way I live my profession,” stated the Spaniard, who has received 29 main trophies in a glittering managerial profession that additionally contains spells accountable for Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Guardiola is in his fifth season as Manchester City boss

“Before, I thought I was going to retire soon. Now I’m thinking I’m going to retire older. So, I don’t know.”

Guardiola is now into his fifth season at City, making it his longest tenure in administration after 4 years at Barca and three with Bayern.

His eight trophies with the membership embody two Premier League wins and they’re bidding to haul themselves into one other title race after a gradual begin to the present marketing campaign.

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City are unbeaten of their final six Premier League video games forward of Sunday’s journey to Chelsea.

With the highest finish of the desk tightly packed, Guardiola sees this yr’s race being probably the most large open of his time in England.

Guardiola stated: “If you concentrate on what [can] occur in January, February – the 2 video games [in hand], we will lose these two video games and something can occur.


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“So, in the Premier League, every game is so tough and it is better to be calm. The real Premier League, the people I spoke to before I landed here, said everyone can lose to everyone. I didn’t see this until now.

“Now is the primary time after I see within the Premier League, one staff is ready to lose or win seven, and after draw, and after lose. The outcomes are unpredictable.”

Among the challengers this season are arch-rivals Manchester United, who City face within the Carabao Cup semi-finals subsequent week.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s aspect have been rejuvenated in current weeks, shrugging off the frustration of a Champions League exit to hit kind on the home entrance.

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“Ole is happier than me,” stated Guardiola, whose preparations have been hit by 5 constructive exams for Covid-19 amongst his gamers over the Christmas interval.

“But I am not much concerned about United. I am so busy with what we have to do and what we can do with the players and the exceptional people we have in the backroom staff to move forward.

“They are there as a result of they deserve it. Since I arrived I anticipated them to be there on a regular basis. Sometimes within the final season it has not been attainable, particularly within the Premier League, however it’s there.”

City can be with out the 5 gamers to have examined constructive – who are actually all isolating – at Stamford Bridge.

Two of them are identified in Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus however the different three – whose take a look at outcomes compelled the postponement of Monday’s recreation at Everton – are but to be named.

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