Manchester City fans could hardly believe their luck when they landed Pep Guardiola.
Not only is the Spaniard one of the world’s best manager for his stellar work with Bayern Munich and Barcelona, but he’s also had some belting soundbites.
“I hate tiki-taka. I always will. I want nothing more to do with tiki-taka. Tiki-taka is a load of shit, a made-up term. It means passing the ball for the sake of passing, with no real aim or aggression – nothing. I will not allow my brilliant players to fall for all that rubbish”
On Jose Mourinho
“I know Mourinho only too well and he’s trying to provoke me into a reaction. I’m not going to react, I’m not going to answer back. Only when I think the time is right”
On how Bayern Munich train
“If you train badly, you play badly. If you work like a beast in training, you play the same way. And these guys, they train like beasts”
On Bayern captain Philipp Lahm
“Lahm is a scandal. He is super-intelligent, understands the game brilliantly, knows when to come inside or to stay wide. The guy is f****** exceptional”
On his best Barcelona moments
“The first half against Arsenal at the Emirates in the Champions League [in March 2010] and the first half against Chelsea in the semi-final of 2012. We never played better than those two days”
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