Pep Guardiola said that Khaldoon Al Mubarak gives him no credit for winning three Premier League titles now that another season is underway.
Pep Guardiola said: “People don’t judge me on how many titles we won in the clubs I have been. They judge me on what is going to happen tomorrow: are we going to win against Burnley or not? My chairman calls me: ‘Why don’t you win? You have to win tomorrow. I don’t care if you won the Premier League last season.’ My chairman repeats it many times. I have an exceptional relationship with Khaldoon. and he tells me it’s the past. Don’t care. It’s today. Tomorrow, when you get the opportunity to play, show me, show yourselves. and show the world how wrong I was when I was not selecting you and then you are right. You have to play tomorrow. The biggest speak on the pitch. I was manager with incredible top players, and they never never never complained to me. Go there and show me how wrong I was when I wasn’t selecting you. The biggest athletes in the world, in all the sports, in the moment, they speak on the grass. That is where they have to talk.”
The Manchester City manager has spoken many times to thank the chairman and the owners for their patience after a trophyless first season and for giving him the assurances to flourish at the Etihad and sign not one but two contract extensions. But the dominant club in English football over the last decade has never been satisfied enough with what they have achieved to stop seeking more improvement. Guardiola was asked several times about Raheem Sterling in his press conference on Friday after the City forward said in an interview sanctioned by the club that he would be open to leaving if he could not get more game time. As part of the manager’s response, he brought up the conversations he had with Al Mubarak to show what Sterling needs to do to regain his place in the team.
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