Finishing his first managerial season without winning a trophy must be a tough pill to swallow for Pep Guardiola, but speaking ahead of Manchester City’s derby against city rivals United he sounded optimistic about what the team have done so far this season, and what the near future will look like;
I am optimistic. I am so proud about what my players have done this season, what we are doing and even how we played the last game at Wembley [the lost FA Cup semifinal versus Arsenal]
the Catalan manager said. As for how well his players have adapted to his style of play;
I tried to seduce the players in the way we played. In many cases we did it, in other ones we were not able. We were not consistent
Guardiola told reporters. Talking about ‘adapting’, he surprised many by saying that playing in the Europa League wouldn’t be the end of the world for City;
I think we’ll be able to qualify for the Champions League but if we are not able to we are going to adapt and play the Europa League
the City manager said, in a rather obvious attempt to keep his players as less stressed out as possible, ahead of the Manchester derby. City remain one point above fifth-placed United.