Pep congratulates Ten Hag; ‘a pleasure and joy’ to fight for PL title

Date published: Friday 22nd April 2022 2:22 - Dan Butterfield

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has congratulated new Manchester United boss Erik Ten Hag following the announcement on Thursday.

Ajax manager Ten Hag worked with Guardiola at Bayern Munich and will take charge at Old Trafford in the summer, signing a three year deal.

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Speaking ahead of City’s clash with Watford, Guardiola was full of praise for the Dutchman and congratulated him on his new role.

“Watch his Ajax team and you see his qualities. Congratulations to Erik and wish him all the best. A top class manager, his teams are a joy to watch at a team like Ajax.”

Guardiola then turned his attention to the Premier League as he get’s ready to take on Roy Hodgson’s side with the aim of placing more pressure on title rivals Liverpool.

“Of course we enjoy it, prefer to be in this position than don’t have chance to make back to back titles. After the game, remains six games, already qualified for Champions League, big success. Now we target the Premier League.

“We have to win but perform to win, the result doesn’t come for granted. But winning is the most important thing now.

“I love it, fight for knockout stages, every game is important. It means we have done many good things.”

The City boss was then asked if every game felt like a knockout stage tie now.

“Definitely. We can’t drop points but they can’t either. The players know it, we were in this position before. We play a final versus Brighton to be able to play another one. If we win we have chance to play another.

“Try to recover injured players, be fresh in the mind. When we finish tomorrow, another [game] in three days in Champions League. Then Leeds. Be fresh, relax, ready for the moment of the game.”

Once City have got the Watford game out of the way, they will then face real Madrid in the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final and Guardiola was asked if the European fixtures would have any effect on the title race.

“I don’t know, I don’t think about that. I think of the players available, the best squad to beat Watford. To be here in semi-finals and here to fight in the league is a joy, a pleasure.

“Premier League is just one month, four weeks. We try to do good games in the Champions League, then we have one more week.”

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