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Guardiola and Giggs put club loyalties aside to team up on golf course

Date Posted,June 23, 2017

Pep Guardiola is well known for his obsession to detail, and the Manchester City boss spends much of his time away from football playing golf.

A self-confessed lover of the game, this weekend, having enjoyed his summer holiday, Guardiola is back in England playing in the Icons of football golf tournament at The Belfry.

Guardiola has previously spoken of his attraction to golf, and the mental side of the sport: “You compete with yourself, and of course I think it is a mentally tough, tough game.”

On Saturday, he wasn’t quite alone, instead partnering Ryan Giggs in a doubles clash against Michael Carrick and Tim Sherwood.

And the Manchester duo put their club rivalries aside, to celebrate a 9&7 victory in their match, celebrating after a quite stunning chip from Guardiola put them en route to success.

Guardiola takes aim… (Photo: twitter.com/iconsseriesIOF)
High five from Giggs (Photo: twitter.com/iconsseriesIOF)

“Giggs was making everything,” said the Spaniard, praising his partner. “You can tell he was a winger, he was putting everything to the left side of the green.

“We were lucky, in the third or fourth hole he made a huge putt, we went 4UP and went from there.”

On his chip, Guardiola joked: “Yeah, I have a huge talent”.

Embrace from the Manchester duo (Photo: twitter.com/iconsseriesIOF)
‘Yep, that was me!’ (Photo: twitter.com/iconsseriesIOF)

Guardiola, 46, is tipping City to claim a host of victories of their own next term, declaring on Friday that his side will be much improved.

“We will be better. I know always when you win you are a god and it’s good.

“I was so happy in Manchester, being manager there and that’s why I will be so delighted to return on July 10 and start again. I still enjoyed it a lot last season.

“If you don’t win, during the process of 11 months together, you can still enjoy being with your staff and the players and imagining new games and new actions.

“Sometimes it happens that the opponents always play good and can beat us, but the beautiful thing is the process and being there to have fun.”

Guardiola in a more familiar setting (Photo: Getty Images Europe)
Injured Silva is led away (Photo: Stuart Franklin – FIFA)

Guardiola’s wonderful chip came before the Spaniard witnessed City new boy Bernardo Silva leave the field injured during Portugal’s Confederations Cup win over New Zealand.

Silva, signed from Monaco, scored the Seleccao’s second in their 4-0 win but was taken off shortly after after sustaining an injury in the act of scoring.

The £43million playmaker is now a doubt for their semi-final, having been seen icing the injury afterwards.

Portugal are set to meet either Germany or Chile, depending on how things go in Sunday’s final group games in Group B.

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