Guardiola: ‘Best award ever belongs to Ferguson’

After his newest success, Pep Guardiola admits he “gained’t chase” Alex Ferguson relating to Premier League Supervisor of the Month awards.

A dominant December noticed the Manchester Metropolis boss declare his eleventh month-to-month prize in England, rising to third spot within the all-time rankings.

That sits behind Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger on 15, and Ferguson, the godfather of cross-town rival Manchester United, method out in entrance on 27.

In his pre-match press convention forward of this weekend’s conflict with Chelsea, Guardiola reacted to his personal rise to third: “Watch out, Sir Alex, Arsene – I’m coming!”

However as soon as he was given the information of Ferguson’s 27, his prediction quickly modified: “What number of?!

“Okay, it belongs to him. I can’t chase him, for certain!”

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Guardiola additionally dismissed the significance of the award, as a substitute praising his troops: “That is the simplest award ever.

“Essentially the most factors in a month is the supervisor of the month. It’s easy. And the rationale we gained is just not the supervisor – it’s the gamers.”

‘Out of this world’

Though Metropolis has now raced right into a 10-point lead on the high of the desk, Guardiola additionally spoke of his present three-way title race, alongside Chelsea and Liverpool.

The Catalan coach instructed it’s the primary time in his profession he’s confronted something greater than a single menace – however that’s primarily all the way down to the extremely tempo set by Jurgen Klopp and himself lately.

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Guardiola stated: “At Barcelona, it was Madrid. At Bayern, it was Dortmund. Right here, yeah, in the previous couple of years it was Liverpool and ourselves.

“Now this season, Chelsea [are challenging] – however I’ve to say it’s as a result of Liverpool and Man Metropolis have been distinctive [previously]. Not as a result of the opposite ones have been improper.

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“United was shut, I keep in mind one 12 months with [Jose] Mourinho and final season particularly with Ole [Gunnar] Solskjaer.

“They have been actually good – however we have been distinctive.

“What Liverpool and Man Metropolis has executed within the final three or 4 years, it was by no means seen earlier than on this nation. By no means, ever. Greater than 90 factors to be champions, when earlier than it was 78, 82, 86, 87.

“I believe Antonio Conte with Chelsea began a bit bit after they gained the league, in my first season right here. However after, Liverpool and Metropolis made a step.

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“I believe they did properly, the opposite opponents – Chelsea, United, Tottenham – they did properly. However Liverpool and Metropolis have been out of this world.

“I’m happy with the 5 years of success. In January, [my players] are nonetheless there in each single recreation competing.

“What occurred after being champions, the following season, for the final 10 champions? Take a evaluation. The final 10 champions, the following season they drop, and drop massively.

“We’re there. And that’s unimaginable credit score to those distinctive gamers. My job is to place my phrases behind them and inform them the reality.”

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