Guardiola not ‘humble’ over personal records
Pep Guardiola admitted he had no desire to be “humble” after witnessing his Manchester City side register its 16th consecutive Premier League victory by beating Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad.
Goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and a Raheem Sterling brace extended the all-time league record City set after Wednesday’s win at Swansea City, with Christian Eriksen’s late consolation the only blemish on a dominant performance, The Independent reported.
The victory saw Guardiola match his 16 consecutive wins with Barcelona during the 2010-11 season, a La Liga record. The Catalan is also now three games away from equaling his 19-match Bundesliga record, set with Bayern Munich during 2013-14.
“Of course I’m proud. I don’t want to be humble right now,” Guardiola said when asked about his remarkable triple crown of records.
“I think we work a lot and the players know that. We’re going to review the game tomorrow morning, I’m going to speak with the players individually and together to see how many good things we did and mistakes we have done.”
Guardiola claimed he would have been unable to set any of the three records without the support of all three clubs, which all ensured he had quality players at his disposal.
The City manager added, “Of course, that’s happened because I was with three amazing clubs – Barcelona, Bayern Munich and this one.
“All three clubs support me, in all the decisions they believe and they provide me with outstanding players. Without good players and clubs supporting your ideas, it’s impossible to achieve these kind of things.”
Guardiola was left speechless by De Bruyne’s performance against Tottenham and said the Belgian is an inspiration to the club’s younger players.
“You see him how he runs without the ball, he’s a good example for the young players and for our academy, for Phil Foden, for Brahim (Diaz), they know how good Kevin De Bruyne is.
“When they are outside and see how he runs and fights without the ball, that is the best example and he helps us to be a better club, a better institution for the future.”
“His performance today, I have no words, no words to describe what he has done with the ball, how many assists, and his ability to switch play,” City manager added.