Guardiola: "I want to be a national team coach, they didn't like me at Barcelona"

Pep Guardiola would be thrilled to experience leading a team at the World Cup, European Championship, or Copa America.

However, the Manchester City manager is still focused on making history with the English club, with whom he won the treble last season and aims to achieve the same feat this year.

The Spanish coach revealed in an interview with ESPN that he has a desire to try himself as a national team coach in the future.

“I would like to have the experience of the World Cup, European Championship, or Copa America, anything. I would like to experience a major international tournament. I don’t know when, in five, 10, or 15 years, but I would like to be at the World Cup as a coach. To work for a national team, they have to love and hire you, as it happens with clubs. I don’t know who would want me as a coach,” said Guardiola.

The successful coach touched on his time at Barcelona and the comments that diminish his achievements.

“When I arrived at Barcelona, 86% of people didn’t like me. Perfect because I prefer people to doubt and not believe in me; that gives me energy to prove them wrong. They always try to find excuses when you win. In Barcelona, it was because of Messi, at Bayern because it always wins the Bundesliga, and at City because of money.”

The Spanish coach has a year and a half left on his contract with City and doesn’t want to reveal his plans for the future just yet.

“I feel very good now, but football changes a lot. I think when you have a year and a half left on your contract, that’s a long time in football. There’s time… Winning helps you have more energy, when you lose games, you’re tired.”

Finally, Guardiola defended Haaland, who has been frequently criticized lately when he doesn’t score.

“They don’t just criticize Haaland or Guardiola. They hope he won’t score 56 goals. They’re waiting for him to fail. It’s always been like this. With Pele, Romario, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Neymar, they did the same. If you want to fight against it, you’ll lose. You have to think that when the referee blows the whistle to start, ‘I play, and you don’t, now I’ll show you that you’re wrong, I’m right’,” Guardiola concluded.

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