Pep Guardiola has said that Manchester City is a bigger test of his managerial skills than either Bayern Munich or Barcelona.
Last week City crashed out of the Champions League to Monaco on away goals marking the first time in Guardiola’s career that he has failed to reach at least the semi-finals.
Speaking over the weekend Guardiola, who has won a total of 21 trophies with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, conceded that he was lucky with his previous clubs and that it will take him more times to get things right with City.
“It will take a longer time to put the team out I want. The other clubs, for many other reasons, were a little bit closer. Here it will take more time. That’s what I like. It is the first time in my career as a manager when I feel now is the moment. The other ones I was so lucky as a manager. Now is the first time I want to help the team, not just in terms of titles, they are important, but the way we play so people say, ‘Pep could do that again in a team in England like Manchester City.’”
He said that the team needs to learn to “play like a contender” at major tournaments and compared their current problems to the England national team. However, he did say that he loves the club and hopes to be there for a very long time.
He believes that with time and experience City will become a “stable team”. He said that the team needs more self-belief on the largest stages and to play like they are able to win.
Furthermore, he said that the solution isn’t to change players but rather to work with the players he has and improve them.