Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed that his previous credentials counted for nothing when he moved to the Etihad Stadium, adding that Frank Lampard’s comparable lack of managerial experience gives him an advantage.
Guardiola, a serial winner with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, took over at City in the summer of 2016 and has since guided the club to – among other silverware – two Premier League titles, including a 100-point finish, and an unprecedented domestic treble.
This season, however, City find themselves in fourth, a point behind Lampard’s Chelsea side who are flying having put together a run of six straight league wins in the former midfielder’s first season in Premier League management.
Lampard started his career in the dugout with Derby County and due to his instant success at Stamford Bridge, Guardiola was asked in a press conference on Friday whether the Rams job was Lampard’s ‘Barcelona B’, the Spaniard having managed the side before taking over at the Camp Nou.
He said: “Yeah in those terms it is quite similar. You could say a little bit but it is too early. He has been a manager for a year and a half and I am a little longer because I am a little older but he has his future in his hands.
“From my experience, experience doesn’t count much. I would say that when you know the club it is a good advantage and Lampard knows Chelsea perfectly and everything behind the scenes – media, fans, players – so that is good.
“When I arrived not many people trusted me, honestly. Few, few people. Maybe the president, sporting director and not many. Maybe Frank was similar at Derby. He didn’t take results and people said he didn’t have experience.
“At the start when nobody trusts you it is perfect because you win every game – you cannot lose more. The problem is when you have won titles and nothing is enough. In case for Frank, it is perfect, an ideal situation.
“At the big clubs you have incredible players so it is easier to do a good job in Chelsea or Barcelona than another club. If you work a lot and have patience, the results and success can come.”
City and Chelsea meet at the Etihad on Saturday with the champions needing to win to close the gap on runaway leaders Liverpool.
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