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Guardiola blunt on Man City landmark and coy on successor suggestion

Dan Burnham
Pep Guardiola, Champions League press

Pep Guardiola offered a blunt response when asked about his landmark 200th Premier League match as Manchester City manager.

Guardiola will reach the feat when he steps out at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon for their match against Crystal Palace. He’s been with the club for over five years and during that time has won three league titles.

The Spaniard was asked whether he’d be at the helm for another 200 matches in his pre-match press conference.

He gave a one-word answer of “No” in response.

“I have had many years here, 200 games is for many years and because we won some games,” Guardiola added.

“There are no secrets. We are judged for the results – not for how good we are or bad we are. Just for the results.

“You can get this milestone because of what we have done decent with the players.

“I don’t have any regrets. I could not ask any more than we have done so far and I am more than delighted with what we have lived together. Hopefully in the years, we can continue to do well.”

Guardiola is still chasing an elusive Champions League with City. He won two with Barcelona but didn’t achieve the success at Bayern Munich.

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That is perhaps what is keeping him in Manchester. Discussion has already begun about who could replace him when the time comes.

Recent reports have suggested Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is the heir to the throne.

And Guardiola was asked about the prospect of his opposite number for this weekend being a future City boss.


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Patrick Vieira, who spent four years with City at the start of his coaching career, has settled into life in his first Premier League managerial role well.

On the Frenchman, Guardiola said: “I was delighted to see him again, he was here in my first season here.

“He was an important part of Arsenal’s history. After he went to New York, happy he’s back at the high level, doing really well, the last games were tough.

“They showed their quality and I’m looking forward to seeing him. All the managers around the world have a chance to manage here.”

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