Pep Guardiola is in his third season at Manchester City and before taking up the managerial position at the Etihad, he was at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
The 47-year-old spent four seasons with the Catalan club between 2008 and 2012, after which he took a year’s sabbatical, and then took charge of the Bundesliga outfit from 2013 to 2016.
Having managed in Spain, Germany and now in England, the Premier League winning coach has enjoyed success in the three countries he has been and has won the league with every club he has managed so far.
Part of the job of being a manager is to speak to the media, both before and after every match. Catalan newspaper Sport claims that Guardiola did not ‘go around the bush’ when explaining the difference between the Spanish press and the media in Germany and England.
“After having tried Barcelona everything is much more bearable here. The evil and the cruelty that exists here does not exist anywhere, and in the praise, just the same,” the Manchester City boss said.
“I feel very good here, very protected from football, I am in the club that interests me, with Ferrán Soriano, Txiki, whom I have known since we were in Barca. I do not feel judged by a defeat or a victory.
“In Spain the press is much more cruel, in Germany and in England they are very critical, but in Spain they are going to hurt you and they know how to do it.”
The English press would be delighted to know Guardiola’s views on them are rather positive. Relatively, anyway.