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Guardiola says no pressure from club’s owner to win the Premier League

Spaniard said Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour told him to 'do your job as best as possible, do your job like you are and after that we are going to see'

Guardiola says no pressure from club’s owner to win the Premier League
Manchester Citys manager Pep Guardiola. (Getty Images)

New Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said the club’s owner has not put any pressure on him to win the Premier League title in his first year, or set targets for the Champions League.

The Spaniard, who was appointed as success to Manuel Pelegrini earlier this summer, comes to the club with high expectations following his success with previous clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

He told reporters during his first media briefing at the Etihad Stadium that he has come to England to prove himself and wants to produce the "beautiful football" for which his teams are famed.

Guardiola said his personal learning curve would be steep as he came to terms with his new team and adapted to the rigours of the Premier League.

"It's the right moment to come here and prove myself," he said. Asked if he could get City to play the sort of beautiful football trademarked by Barcelona, he added, "That's why I am here. I want to play the way I want. But wherever you go you have to adapt to the quality of the players. We have to find each other as soon as possible.

"What we want is so simple. When the opposition have the ball to get it back, when we have it to move it as quickly as possible, to create the most chances as possible."

Guardiola insisted that no targets were set by the club’s owner, Sheikh Mansour, during their recent meetings in Abu Dhabi.

“No. We saw each other three times and we just talked about what he thinks.

"We tried to meet each other, he lives in Abu-Dhabi, I'm going to live here in Manchester. But we are fully in contact by telephone, when he's here we're going to see each other.

"And no he didn't say 'you have to win Premier League or Champions League'. He told me 'do your job as best as possible, do your job like you are and after that we are going to see'. I feel the club is behind us, supporting us to reach what we need and what we are looking for."

He said he relished the expectation in his new role and added this job could be the biggest challenge of a nine-year coaching career in which he has won five league titles and two Champion Leagues.

"In my career people are always making demands of my teams. But it is good to live with that pressure. In England it is difficult to find a team that wins five games in a row. That is the challenge and we are going to try and win more points.

"You have to understand our body language - maybe we will not be able to win every day, but we are going to try. It could be the biggest challenge [of my career] because City have not won as many titles as Barca or Bayern. I don't know.

"We are going to train to win as many matches as possible. It is better to be with that pressure."

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