Pep Guardiola has spoken of his love for Manchester City.
Guardiola took charge at the Etihad in the summer of 2016, and in his six full seasons in charge he has delivered 11 trophies, including four Premier League titles in the past five years.
The latest of those was delivered in May after a dramatic 3-2 final-day victory over Aston Villa.
It’s been a glorious period in City’s history and in a wide-ranging interview available now on ManCity.com and the Man City app, Guardiola says he has felt settled in Manchester since he first arrived here and believes the support he has received from City fans is the reason he is still here.
“I’ve been since the day one, incredibly comfortable, for all the departments in the club and for the hierarchy of course, but especially working with these players,” he said.
“What can I say for the people on the street, in the stadium, how they take care of me and my family. That’s why I’m in the seventh season here. I didn’t expect it when we arrived.
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“It is because I’m comfortable and importantly because we won a lot, and when you win a lot, that helps to continue, because this club right now, I’m sorry for the future, the standards are there, and all of us, we have to fight to maintain it there.
“The people, our fans, will live for the memories, they’ll live, it’s so nice, we enjoy together, but this season, our fans want more.
“They are hungry to see good football games and enjoy them. I’m pretty sure the fans want to win the Premier League, but they want it every weekend, we want to have the stadium, our fans, when we are away, they are exceptional every time we go away, they want to see the team playing good, enjoying and representing our club as best as possible, and this is our target.”
Meanwhile, Guardiola says Phil Foden can handle the pressure placed upon him in this City side.
Many fans believe Foden could go on to become one of the Club’s greatest of all time, such is his natural ability.
It’s a big burden to bear, but Guardiola believes Foden can deliver.
“I feel that he can handle the pressure,” he said. “He’s still enjoying playing football, he has to feel that he can improve. His career will be up and down, that’s for sure, as footballers, they are up and down. It’s not all his career of him winning Premier Leagues and being top.
“But if he still remains the passion that he has to play in football, to enjoy with the ball, and to every day have the ball, you see his eyes, how bright they are.
“When that’s going to happen, Phil will always be there, and the future, he will retire, we will see what he has done, but absolutely it belongs to him.”