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7 things we learned from Pep Guardiola’s intimate Q&A with Man City fans

Date Posted,May 31, 2017

There’s only so much the average supporter can get out of press conferences.

The questions always sound the same and most bosses flirt round anything with a scent of controversy.

What fans want is a chance for the boss to answer their very own questions.

And that’s exactly what Pep Guardiola did in an intimate Q&A with Manchester City fans recently.

Thanks to Betsafe , Blue supporters could submit video questions to the Spaniard who was more than happy to answer them.

Here are seven things we learned…

He’s obsessed with Premier League referees

Guardiola is still getting used to Premier League referees (Photo: REUTERS)

Guardiola was asked by two fans about the differences of the Premier League. The 46-year-old confessed that there was only really one change – the referees.

He said: “The big difference is the way they conduct the referees to take the decisions, that’s why they are physically stronger, because here the referees are allowed more than the other countries.”

He didn’t stop there…

“The intensity of the game depends on the conduct of the referee,” added Guardiola. “The intensity is the same everywhere, but here where there are fouls everywhere and the referee does not give one, the game does not stop, with quicker counter-attacks more often. The way they play here is different.”

He’s keen to try Boddingtons

Pep Guardiola at the Oktoberfest beer festival
Imagine that glass filled with Boddingtons (Photo: Bayern Munich/Getty)

Asked if he prefers German beer or Boddingtons, the City boss replied: “The first time I try Manchester Boddingtons I will tell you which I prefer because I’ve never tried Manchester Boddingtons.”

Fair enough.

He doesn’t think Manchester is pretty

Spectators wear plastic ponchos against the heavy rain ahead of the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach
Guardiola isn’t a fan of Manchester weather (Photo: Getty Images)

Is Pep Guardiola enjoying living Manchester?

“I know it’s not the best weather in the world,” said Guardiola. “I know it’s not the most beautiful city in the world, but that’s what makes Manchester so special.”

Sounds like he’s clutching at straws.

He is no fan of English food

Pep Guardiola reacts
“The difference in quality is THIS big.” (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)

OK, he doesn’t like the weather. What about the food? “I’m a Catalan guy,” begins Pep. “So Mediterranean food is much better than yours. I’m sorry, we are better.

Spicy.

In fact, he would suggest flying hundreds of miles to not eat English food

“See ya later guys, I’m off to get me some real food.” (Photo: Eamonn & James Clarke/PA Images)

“If you don’t agree you should go to Italy and Spain in the Summer time because the food is better than here.”

Alright mate we get the point.

His pre-match team talks might be more basic than we first thought

Pep Guardiola shows tactical moves on a tactics board during his visit to the Bayern Munich supporters club
“This blue dot must move here…” (Photo: Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty)

The former Bayern Munich manager is widely known for being a tactical genius and motivator. But according to Guardiola he does very little in the way of motivating prior to a game.

He said: “I would like to have players that can motivate themselves, so doesn’t need something special. Sometimes you cannot tell them every single game the same thing. Every game, it’s trying to find the special thing to, when the moment starts in the game, to be ready.

“The principles are the same so the way you want to play is the same, so of course I adjust, when I adjust it’s because of the quality of the players not because here the Premier League is different from the other ones. But the fundamental principles are the same.”

His aim is to finish third… again

“I want to close the gap!” (Photo: Reuters)

At Barcelona, Guardiola was nothing but a winner. Seems as though the Premier League has had an affect on him.

“Always the leagues are complicated to win,” starts Guardiola. “But of course we are going to close the gap between Chelsea and Tottenham, trying to be close for next season.”

Mind the gap.

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