Pep grateful for patient City bosses

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he owes a debt of gratitude to the club for sticking by him during what was a first season in charge without silverware for the Citizens.

In his maiden season with both Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Guardiola was able to win trophies, however, he appeared to initially struggle in the Premier League in 2016/17.

Nonetheless, City are now top of the table with a five-point lead and qualified for the next round of the UEFA Champions League with two matches left.

He told Sky Sports, “Last season, we were not able to win one game away in the Champions League and this season we have won two, and hopefully against Shakhtar Donetsk we can do so again. 

“The people expect that when a new manager comes it, that it can instantly work and sometimes people forget that you need time to settle something.

“Get the players to know each other, to trust each other, to know everything about the Premier League – the opponents, the style of play, the referees – and it doesn't matter how much success you had in the past or not, you need time sometimes.

“Fortunately, I am a lucky guy and I have a club where they give me time to do that, so I don't have the feeling that they don't trust me and that is fascinating. That's why I'm so happy to be here.”