After tonight’s win Josep Guardiola expressed his satisfaction at beating a team of Manchester United’s stature and even more so at the way his players had achieved the victory.
One year left on contract
Josep Guardiola also made it clear that he he still has a year left on his contract and his
intention is to complete it: “I’m happy here as coach with these players. Right now my
intention is to continue for another year. I have a year left on my contract and my aim is to work
that out. There’s nothing else to say. When you win things, everyone wants you – but
that can change very quickly”.
Referring to the style his players showed at Wembley tonight Guardiola told reporters: “you
are always happy with a win –but the way we won it…!” before adding: “now
we’ve got four – that’s a good number!”
Thanks to the players
The boss went on: “it’s a privilege to have these players and be the
boss at this Club. Once again I want to express my gratitude and admiration for these players and
to everybody who has contributed to what we have done once again. We’ve all achieved
“We are proud to have beaten a team with such quality”
After a journalist had quoted Ferguson as saying he’d never before faced such
a good team, Guardiola was also quick to praise United : “we are proud to have beaten a team
with such quality. I’m very grateful for those words. It’s an honour that somebody with
his values should say that -I’d like to thank him publically”.
Man of the Match Messi
Lionel Messi was named man of the match and his boss commented: “he is
probably the best player I’ll ever see. He makes the difference. Messi is unique
–unrepeatable”. Guardiola also thanked UEFA for the organisation of the final:
“the pitch was fantastic and that meant both teams could play football”.
“I hope this team will be remembered in the future”
Asked whether this had been the most complete season he’d ever experienced,
Guardiola replied: “every year has been. There are problems that need sorting out every
season – how do you do that? Thinking and focussing on how we play to try and improve it all
the time. I hope this team will be remembered in the future”.