Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola did not blame his players after their shock 3-2 defeat against Norwich City and instead reiterated that his players are the ones that had stopped him from being called ‘Fraudiola’.
The Manchester City manager turned English football on its head with his distinctive style of thinking in football and won back-to-back league titles in the past two seasons. There had been assertions that his way of playing football will not hold up to England’s standards when he arrived during his first season at the Premier League.
Pep was not in a hurry to judge his players’ quality.
“They gave me all the prestige I have in England, when the first season when it was Fraud Guardiola, Fraudiola,” he said.
“This kind of game here in England - it’s not possible to play because you need to have tackles and you have to play like that - these players gave me the prestige that I have.
“And now all around the world people say how good a manager I am - it’s for them, not for me.”
He reiterated that City has respect for their opponents in the league despite notching 100 points in the league last season. Liverpool currently have a five-point advantage over second-placed City after just five matches but Guardiola reminded everyone of last season.
“Last year, we were seven points behind [Liverpool]. Of course we want to we want to win every game but it is difficult. You have to give respect to the other team also and they did well.”