Pep Guardiola on Dani Alves: Guardiola reacted to Dani Alves’ comments about his coaching in the pre-match conference.
Pep Guardiola has put it as straight as he could – coaching is not better than sex.
The Manchester City manager was asked by one of the journalists during the pre-match conference that Dani Alves had claimed being coached by Pep was ‘better than sex.’
The question, however, was a misrepresentation of what Dani Alves actually said.
The comment was, infact, a part of a documentary on Guardiola’s era at Barcelona, capturing the two Champions League titles in 2009 and 2011.
Dani Alves talked about the late winner against Chelsea in 2009, about which he said, “It is because of moments like this that we all love football. The only thing that beats it is sex.”
Here’s how Guardiola replied to Dani Alves’ comment:
Guardiola on Dani Alves:
The journalist asked Guardiola to react on Dani Alves’ comments, stating that the Brazilian had claimed that being coached by him was better than sex.
Guardiola said, “I prefer the sex – by far!”
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 9, 2018
However, Pep later said that there were many players who didn’t like his playing style, seemingly talking about Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“I can see a huge list who are on the opposite side, a list where they love me a lot, like Dani,” Guardiola said.
Pep Guardiola at #MCFC: 131 games, 70.2% win ratio
Jose Mourinho at #MUFC: 136 games, 60.3% win ratio
Mauricio Pochettino at #THFC: 235 games, 55.7% win ratio
Jurgen Klopp at #LFC: 171 games, 53.2% win ratio
Not many would’ve guessed Mourinho to be 7.1% better off than Klopp…
— James Phillips (@jfaphillips) November 8, 2018
“They have another side from Sweden and other places where they don’t like me too much. Normally it happens when people don’t play regularly they are not big fans. We try to convince them – sometimes yes, sometimes no.”
Pep Guardiola rejected suggestions Sunday’s Manchester derby is the biggest game of the season and claimed rivalries in Spain are more boisterous. ‘All the derbies are special,’ Guardiola said. ‘In Spain there is more noise than here. It’s special here. #PL #PremierLeague pic.twitter.com/vlnMnxxu05
— Groovy Productions (@groovy_football) November 9, 2018
Zlatan Ibrahimovic played one season for Barcelona after joining the side from Inter Milan, but failed to settle under Guardiola. The striker went out on loan to AC Milan, and has since not been shy to voice his opinions on Guardiola’s managerial style.
Pep Guardiola tells me about that dinner with Sir Alex and responds to Sir Alex’s foreword on my Guardiola Biography. This is just a little clip from the 70-minute interview that I will share with you this Sunday. https://t.co/Bb9qttRkcJ #ManCity #MUFC #ManchesterDerby pic.twitter.com/CtDBH5eBZx
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) November 9, 2018
Manchester City will take on city rivals Manchester United in season’s first Manchester derby on Sunday. Etihad Stadium will host the heavyweight clash.
City lost in the derby in their last meeting at the Etihad Stadium, where Manchester United completed a terrific comeback after being 2-0 down at halftime. It was also City’s last home defeat in the league.