Pep Guardiola has already been officially introduced as Manchester City's new coach. The Santpedor native, in a day full of protocol related interventions, appeared at the Sports centre of Man City where hundreds of fans were expecting to welcome him. From a stage set up for the occasion the Catalan manager answered various questions from the fans that the presenter had gathered from social media. These were the first word of Guardiola as the Citizens' coach to express his desire to arrive at a club like City, remind that he learned to achieve everything he has achieved and rule out a potential signing of Leo Messi, using irony to answer one of the most frequently asked questions. Here are his main statements:
"Many thanks to City for giving me the opportunity to live in England and to be in the Premier League, I'm sure we will enjoy it"
"I put myself to the test in La Liga and the Bundesliga. I want City's people to be proud of us"
"Mainly that people feel proud of the way we play. At the end of the season we will see if we won titles. But if people are not proud, it's worthless"
"We want to create a tream spirit well before. It needs time and we all know that in football there is never time"
"The real objective is to play well and then win a game, and another one... But we need to play well"
"That people come to the ground for two hours and that when they get home they think their team played well"
The youth team's good treatment
"Em vaig formar a Barcelona, en una de les acadèmies més importants del mónd el futbol. Una de les raons per les quals he volgut venir aquí és per saber com el City cuida el planter"
"I was formed in Barcelona, in one of the greatest academies in the world of football. One of the reasons why I wanted to come here was to know how City take care of the youth team"
"The people won't come to the stadium to see how good the coach is. They will come to see if the players do it well. We are here to help the footballers"
"We do the work for the people, so they are happy, this is our biggest trophy"
Will you sign Messi?
"I have said it many times already... he is not a bad player (ironically)... but I'm sorry, Messi has to end his career in Barcelona"