Pep: Man City not Anfield underdogs
Manchester City are no underdogs to Premier League leaders Liverpool, insists Pep Guardiola ahead of Sunday's showdown.City have won just one match at Liverpool since Boxing Day 1981 - back in 2003 - but Guardiola says he has never been an underdog in his managerial career and goes into Sunday's clash believing his side can claim victory. "The people outside the club, the people in the media they try to call us underdogs or not underdogs," Guardiola said. "I have never felt like this. Never.
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Guardiola is into his fourth season at City . Pep Guardiola insists he has no intention of quitting Manchester City in the near future. Guardiola , 48, left Barcelona after four years in charge, with successes including two Champions League titles under his belt. He then took a year out before
Pep Guardiola rubbished claims Manchester City's patchy form this season will persuade him to seek pastures new, suggesting he a stay beyond the end of his contract is possible.
City host Chelsea on Saturday as they resume their title defence nine points in arrears of Liverpool, after Jurgen Klopp's runaway leaders beat them 3-1 at Anfield last time out.
Guardiola's animatedly fraught touchline demeanour throughout the contest, where he railed against key decisions that did not fall in his side's favour, arguably painted a picture of deeper discontent.
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Man City boss Pep Guardiola has no plans to leave the club (Image: GETTY). Pep Guardiola rubbished talk his spell at Manchester City “If people say do I want to stay? I want to stay, I don’t have any reasons to move from here. I am incredibly satisfied to work with this club, these players.
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This is only the second time the 48-year-old has entered a fourth season in charge of a club, following his 2011-12 campaign at Barcelona, where they won the Copa del Rey, Supercopa de Espana, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup, but ceded LaLiga to Real Madrid.
A year's sabbatical followed before a three-season stay at Bayern Munich, and the manner in which events unfolded on Merseyside meant it was easy to draw parallels and presume the famously intense Guardiola was burning himself out.
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Guardiola 's future has been thrown into doubt after City dropped to fourth place, nine points behind Pep Guardiola has no intention of quitting as Manchester City manager and wants to stay. 'That's my job. The moment I will leave is when I feel my team don't follow me to play at Anfield in the way
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"My last season in Barcelona, I won four titles. I'm sorry – it was not bad," he grinned when the comparison was raised before the game against Chelsea, who are a point and a place better off than City as they sit third in the Premier League.
"Okay, we didn’t win the league and, as always, I didn't win the Champions League, but it was good.
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"And we played the best football we played in Barcelona in the last season because we knew each other. That was my feeling."
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Guardiola reports a similar feeling of contentment when it comes to his current employers, bolstered by an affinity for the city he presently calls home.
"I don't have any reasons to move from here. I am incredibly satisfied to work with this club and these players and I want to help," said Guardiola, whose City contract expires in 2021.
"If the people believe I am going to resign or I am going to be sad for these results, for nine points behind, the people don't know me.
"I like this challenge. I love to be in this position. If the club wants, next season I want to be here. One hundred per cent.
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The forward won the competition at Barcelona and talked up his former boss' chances of lifting the trophy this seasonFormer Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola lifted the trophy twice during his time at Camp Nou, most recently in 2011.
Pep Guardiola has dismissed any suggestion that he is unhappy at Manchester City and will quit the club before "The moment I will leave is when I feel my team don’t follow [ me ] to play at Anfield in the way we played. If Guardiola sees out his contract it will take him into a fifth year at City - more time
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists he is still happy at the club. City are fourth in the Premier League - their lowest position since the end of Guardiola 's first season in 2017 - and "That's an odd reason to say I 'm not happy or satisfied - I want to stay." After winning back-to-back titles and
"I want to live in this city because I know lovely people here and I want to work and live with them. I want to be here.
"It's not because I am friends with Txiki [Begiristain, City and ex-Barcelona director of football] that I am going to stay here for the rest of my life. I am sitting here because I win; if I don't win, I am in trouble. I know that.
"I am incredibly satisfied to work in this city and at this club. I want to help this club to get better. I still enjoy working with these players a lot and I would like to stay longer.
"If the club wants, I will stay."
Ederson will return from a thigh injury against Chelsea after the goalkeeper was a keenly felt absentee versus Liverpool, although City's long-term casualties still include Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane.
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This set of circumstances adds up to a sharp contrast with City's imperious march to a domestic treble last season and a 100-point haul in 2017-18, but Guardiola insists he always maintained a sense of perspective.
"A few months ago, people said, 'you can't do better; you are a perfect team' and I said all the time, 'nope'," he recalled.
"Football depends on the balance of the team and it is so flexible. Wow: be careful. I have the feeling we are not far, far away from the way we played in the last seasons.
"It would be easy for me to say we miss Laporte, Leroy and the other ones and that is why there is a nine-point gap.
"That would be poor analysis to get through and improve as a team. We have to find a solution. The big clubs always overcome the situations."
Having rejected any notion of finality around this phase of his City reign, Guardiola expressed a similar sentiment regarding the uphill battle to come in the title race.
"I know all around the world the Premier League is done," he added. "If that happens, we will try again next season.
"We have two options: give up or don't give up. And I don't think after the way we played, especially at Anfield, we are going to give up.
"We are not going to win, maybe, but we are not going to give up."
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