Manchester City are preparing to face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday, April 6. City reached the quarter-finals after having celebrated a 4-0 aggregate win over Borussia Monchengladbach in the round of 16.
Ahead of the Dortmund clash, Pep Guardiola gave a press conference, where he spoke out on last season's Lyon defeat, Ilkay Gundogan, Erling Haaland, winning the quadruple and more.
On spending £100m to sign a player
"Spending a lot of money on one player doesn't give you an advantage to win. Football is a team game, eveyrone makes a contribution. Compettions are not won by one player, it is eveyr player. SO far the club has decided not to spend close to £100m for a player. Maybe in the future it will happen when the club decides it is necessaruy to improve the team for the next 5-10 years but so far the organisation decides not to do it and that's why we didn't do it but maybe in the future."
On Lyon defeat
"It remained in my head for weeks. it was painful. It was the last game of the season and we wanted to go through. We congratulated Lyon, accepted that we didn't do it quite well or we didn't deserve to go through. It was painful but at the end what could we do? After a few days, wake up again and prepare for next season. We are here again to try again."
"He wins or he deserves this role of leadership through what he has done on the pitch. It is the best way to show his ability. I said I'm delighted the external recognition for people not scoring goals or assists because nice people deserve it. I know how he behaved when he didn't play in some periods or was not playing good. He is incredibly loved for the fact he is an incredible human. He thinks not just for himself but what is best for the team and when this kind of thing happens you ahve your rewards and deserve what you built. He is the same player. I said many times the year we won the second Premier League he was incredible as a holding mdifielder. Now he is our top scorer and that's why he gets the recognition that I said he deserves."
On Erling Haaland
"All I can say is he is an exceptional striker for his age. The numbers speak for themselves. He's a fantastic player, that's all."
"I appreciate the question but my answer is the same. I am not able to tell you about a Quadruple, Triple, Double, Single. All I am concerned is doing a good game tomorrow and seeing what happens in the second leg."
On ever considering signing Marco Reus
"He was not on my agenda because at Barcelona no, at Bayern Munich no and here, no. I'm happy he is back because he has struggled with injuries in the last years. It is a pity. I am glad and happy beacsue he is an exceptional player that he is back fit."
source - Manchester Evening News
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