Guardiola: We enjoy facing Liverpool.. I leave City if I don’t win the Champions League
Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, lauded striker Julian Alvarez’s accomplishment after his nation, Argentina, won the World Cup.
As one of the key members of coach Lionel Scaloni’s lineup for the Qatar World Cup 2022, which was defeated by France on Sunday in a penalty shootout, Alvarez scored four goals in six games during which he struggled with the Tango.
In his news conference prior to Liverpool’s meeting in the English League Cup tomorrow, Guardiola mentioned Argentina’s accomplishment, saying: “We are really happy for Alvarez. To both him and Otamendi, congratulations. Argentina and Messi earned their victory. We are pleased for Julian because he played a significant part. The world champion who plays for our squad will take a week or ten days off because he played several matches and had a lot of stress.
The City boss continued, “Everyone has an opinion, but Messi is without a doubt the greatest player in history. He is the finest to me. Although it is difficult to fathom a player arriving and succeeding to the extent that he did, perceptions vary, particularly among those who were privy to Maradona or Pele. Or Di Stefano, however my opinion won’t change even if he doesn’t take home the title. Some people base their position on winning or losing, but Messi added the icing to an outstanding career.
“A conflict that we all appreciate, this is what usually happens, whether from us or from the opponent,” Pep added in reference to the Liverpool game.
Regarding the extension of his contract, he continued, “I have said many times that I appreciate everyone’s support. I find it challenging to react to what they do to me. I find it difficult to decline their plea that I try my hardest to win titles.
When asked why he extended his contract with the club, Pep Guardiola said, “I have a feeling that this club will get the championship sooner or later. We tried in the past, in the season First we tried with all our might, and of course we will try again. My mission here will not be complete if we don’t win the championship.
In response to the World Cup-related absence of his players, he said: “Some are progressively coming back. We appreciate having them here. To reach our objectives, they must put forth a lot of effort.”
“We will see in the coming days,” said Guardiola when asked about the players’ physical condition. “I think that those who participated in the World Cup are more ready, unlike players like Sergio Gomez, Erling Haaland, and Riyad Mahrez, but we will train well to maintain their physical fitness.”