Manchester City’s head coach Pep Guardiola is relaxed about the change of coach at Bayern.
Both the dismissed Julian Nagelsmann and his successor Thomas Tuchel are “very creative. It would have been difficult with Nagelsmann and it is now difficult with Tuchel. Maybe he’ll do something new. One thing is certain: they come here to win,” said Guardiola before the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday (9:00 p.m. / Prime Video). But anyway, they will “mainly look at us”.
Before the first leg, Tuchel described the 52-year-old as “one of the best coaches ever. He did an excellent job everywhere, in the Champions League in Paris and in England. I’m happy to see him again,” said Guardiola.
In 2021, City narrowly failed as the favorite in the final at Chelsea with Tuchel (0-1). “Of course I was sad, but it happened. We have to forget that,” said Guardiola on Monday.
Pep Guardiola knows FC Bayern very well
The Spaniard has been the coach of the Skyblues since 2016. Although he won the national title four times, City is waiting for the triumph in the premier class, most recently six times in a row at least in the quarterfinals, but still. “We really want it, but you can’t guarantee it. We’ll try again. I know it’s important for City, but it’s difficult,” Guardiola said. He’s just “not perfect”.
Guardiola coached FC Bayern from 2013 to 2016, with Munich he had won three championships and two cups.
For City star Ruben Dias, “passion will be the key against Munich. It’s going to be a difficult game, we have to be ready – and we will be ready. Now the phase is beginning where it matters,” said the Portuguese.