- Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola as he has won both the Premier League and LMA Manager of the Year awards
- But he still struggle on the pitch as he played in a cameo role for his club against the local media
- Guardiola played for 15 minutes for City before being taken off with his team 3-0 down
What a remarkable year it has been for Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola as he has won both the Premier League and LMA Manager of the Year awards.
The Spaniard saw his side set a new Premier League points record of 100, scoring 106 goals along the way.
Guardiola won the Premier League's official award before collecting his accolade at the LMA Awards dinner in London on Tuesday night May 15, having 24 hours earlier enjoyed celebrating City's triumph with an open-top bus parade around Manchester.
The City boss may have been successful as a manager but like many foreign players he struggles to adapt to the demands of the English game, as he found out during a cameo role for his club against the local media.
Pep, not a bad midfielder in his day — played 15 minutes for City before being taken off with his team 3-0 down.
Even worse, after being hooked, City rallied and won 5-4.
Media team chief and SunSport’s City expert Martin Blackburn said afterwards: “It was brilliant to see Pep come along and play a few minutes with us.
“But it was a real disappointment when he came off, mainly because we were winning easily with him on the pitch.
“Hopefully he’ll play a bit longer next year.”
NAIJ.com previously reported that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he rates the Spanish League higher than the Premier League because of their records in Europe in recent years.
The former Barcelona boss admits the Premier League is a tough league but argues their failures to impress in Europe in recent years shows they have a long way to go before the Spanish league. Guardiola says the Premier League is the 'most viewed' league in the world but not the toughest.
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