Pep Guardiola on Burnley manager Vincent Kompany’s future return to Manchester City: “Possibly he does not agree with me, but acquiring observed his teams I am further than convinced currently he’s going to come back… It seriously is going to take location” Man City host Burnley in FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday
By Ron Walker, Digital Football Journalist @Ronnabe
12:09, UK, Friday 17 March 2023
Pep Guardiola is “further than convinced” Burnley boss Vincent Kompany will a single day return to the Etihad as Manchester City manager.
Kompany served City as a player for 11 years, which involves eight as captain, big the club to four Premier League titles in that time and scoring a single of the club’s all-time properly-recognized targets to beat Leicester and all but seal the 2018/19 trophy.
Now manager of their FA Cup quarter-final opponents Burnley, he has continued his accomplishment off the pitch, with his side as tiny as five games away from sealing their Premier League return under his management.
“Possibly he does not agree with me, but acquiring observed his teams I am further than convinced currently he’s going to come back,” Guardiola pointed out ahead of Saturday’s fixture. “When? When I pointed out my feelings weeks ago, this element I never ever know. But it is going to take location.”
“It seriously is fantastic he’s back, but much more than the final two or three days I’ve been pondering about what they’ve carried out this season. What I saw did not make me completely shocked about the position they are in, becoming so close to becoming a Premier League group subsequent year presently.
“Seeing what they do further closely, I comprehend it entirely. They will be really, really tough just simply because they do exceptional points on the pitch.
“A manager desires time but to be powerful with a group, and you need to convince [them] as immediately as attainable what you consider is the perfect way to win the games to suit the players fully.
“They have a superior group – and the way they play is exceptional.”
Guardiola also paid tribute to the impact Kompany had on City and his group-mates via his time at the club, which involves three years under Guardiola, via which the pair won back-to-back league titles in 2018 and 2019.
“Absolutely everyone knows he was an exceptionally important figure proper right here,” he pointed out. “He’s a single of the most considerable legends the club has had. Personally, I have a single regret which is that he was injured a lot of the time when I was proper right here.
“But the important point is how he helped me contemplating that day a single. I arrived proper right here from an added nation, did not know the Premier League, and in the adverse moments, his influence on the dressing location typically helped the group make procedures forward.
“To me, he pointed out the points he believed was perfect for the club. he was an exceptional captain, a big human becoming. On the other side, I am a tiny bit concerned just simply because when you start playing games with the other manager on the touchline becoming a player you had, you realise how old you are becoming.”
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Guardiola praised the 23-year-old’s carry out ethic and patience behind Golden Boot leader Erling Haaland in the City pecking order, and pointed out the Argentina forward’s time in the spotlight will come.
“It seriously is not uncomplicated for him for the truth he plays in the equivalent position as Erling,” Guardiola pointed out. “But his behaviour off the pitch, in spite of not playing with the potential he has and becoming a Globe Cup champion, when he does play his contribution is exceptional.
“We all consider he’s a future player and we are delighted he’s signed a new contract and adjusted to a new salary he deserves.
“The players never ever consider me but most of the time, we really feel further about the guys who never ever play than the ones who do generally. I try to care and commit consideration to these guys – especially if they deserve it, if they really feel about the group. If it is about me, me, me then straight away soon after that, I never ever care, I never ever commit significantly consideration.
“But every player who thinks about what is perfect for the group, becoming sad not to play but also pondering about the club, I will be behind them.”
Kompany: City trip about further than the outcome
The game marks Kompany’s initially competitive trip to the Etihad Stadium contemplating that his departure four years ago, and ahead of the tie he played down Burnley’s probabilities of causing a shock on his return.
The Clarets have lost every and each of their final ten games against his former club by an aggregate score of 34-1, but do travel to Manchester in scintillating type across their Championship campaign, and with a Premier League scalp – Bournemouth -presently under their belts in the FA Cup.
Kompany believes Burnley’s accomplishment on Saturday evening will be defined by further than just the outcome.
Kompany played 62 occasions across three injury-hit seasons under Guardiola at City
“They are attempting to win the Champions League, we’re attempting to win the Championship,” he pointed out. “All points viewed as, we never ever have to location as properly significantly strain on ourselves, but nonetheless have the need to have to get some factor from the game.
“In some instances in these sorts of games, the outcome is a single point – and we all want to win – but a lot of teams come to the Etihad and try to win. I must not have, but I looked at the record of Championship teams going to the Etihad and it is not fantastic.
“We’ve got to get some factor out of this game, hopefully a outcome, but there is so significantly further for us to get out of the game. The principal concentrate is discovering the perfect efficiency and then we’ll see.”
And the former City skipper’s concentrate will remain entirely on discovering the perfect out of his Burnley side, in spite of the potential for an emotional reunion with the household supporters.
“It seriously is the initially time (going back) so it is clearly going to be distinct, but in terms of my mindset it is not distinct,” he pointed out.
“It seriously is just to do my job, be prepared. The core message for us is be prepared. I never ever have a feeling I need to do anything other than give the a single per cent added to the group.
“I am specifically grateful for every moment I’ve been capable to knowledge at Manchester City but I have to technique this game in the equivalent way I approached every game at Manchester City, which is to do my job and reside for that.”