Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola, has admit that even though he might once have been considered the best manager in the world, he longer holds that title.
The Catalan admitted he doesn’t own the tag of ‘world’s best coach’ anymore, suggesting there are better trainers than him in world football.
Guardiola has won numerous trophies while in charge of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City.
In total he has won eight league titles across Spain, Germany and England as well as lifting the Champions League twice while coaching Barca.
When it was suggested to him that he is the best manager in the world, Guardiola told Sky Sports :
“I was,” before taking a step back to say that he never once thought of himself in such high regard.
What is the best coach in the world?” he added. “I never felt I am the best, never in my life.
“When I won six titles in a row in Barcelona and won trebles, I never felt that. I won because I had extraordinary players at big clubs.
“There are incredible managers, they don’t have these players, they don’t have these big clubs. I’m a good manager but not the best.
“Give me a team that is not like Manchester City, I am not going to win.”
Guardiola also spoke about the Premier League’s runaway leaders, world champions and defending European champions, Liverpool, who he hailed as the best team on the planet.
And he puts there success down to the process that has been undertaken since Jurgen Klopp became their manager in 2015.
Guardiola also hailed Liverpool as the best team on the planet. saying Jurgen Klopp planned their success after becoming the club’s manager in 2015.
“Liverpool spent four or five years to win their first trophy last season,” he added.
“It was a process. New players, investment, more and more, and after they got them they are the best team in the world right now.
“Sometimes it’s not possible, sometimes because of the opposition, sometimes you cannot do it. Not all the time in any sport has a team won everything every season all of the time.”
He is now eyeing success in the Champions League, with the first leg of their last-16 tie with Real Madrid set to be played on February 26 at Santiago Bernabeu.