Guardiola: ‘Matches against Real Madrid have helped me develop as a coach’

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola enjoys playing against Real Madrid. The Spanish coach says that matches against the freshly crowned LaLiga champions have helped him develop himself as a coach. The City boss acknowledged that his former arch rivals deserve all the praise after their dominance in European football over the past few years.

“They’re a very strong team, in every way, and they have helped me be a better coach,” Guardiola told DAZN. “Both with Jose Mourinho, with [Manuel] Pellegrini, with all the coaches they’ve had. If they have done what they have done, winning three Champions Leagues in a row, to take two league titles away from Barcelona when Barcelona in this decade have dominated [LaLiga Santander] like nobody else… I’m so glad that things are going well for them.”

Guardiola will meet with Real Madrid again next week when City will play Real Madrid in the second leg of their round of 1 clash in the Champions League. Guardiola also has a lot of praise for Real boss Zinedine Zidane. “He’s good for football, in good times and bad, and I’m glad,” Guardiola noted. “I’m really glad that things are going well for him because people like him are very good for football.”