Pep Guardiola looking forward to prove himself in English Premier League

Manchester, July 9: Newly appointed Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola addressed the media for the first time since his arrival at the Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola who has been extremely successful in Spain and Germany has come to England for a new challenge.

Pep Guardiola in front Etihad stadium as Manchester City manager (Image courtesy: Manchester City twitter handle)

Speaking to the media, he said: "I never played on a Boxing Day. I have never been to a stadium where it is windy and freezing and the pitch is not good.

"It's a target for me. I'm here to prove myself and prove I can play (the same way)."

Guardiola spoke about Sam Allardyce and termed him as a contrasting manager compared to English Premier League style.

He said: "When we have the ball, we want them to move it as quick as possible and create as many chances as possible.

"I am just focusing on my players and what they have to do on the pitch, which is why I decided to come here.

"In the Champions League with Barcelona and Bayern Munich we came to England a lot and we always thought 'wow'. It's a target for me and a personal ambition of mine to prove myself here."

Guardiola further mentioned that he has already taken a look at Manchester City's youth system and he is looking forward to work with the young talents.

He explained: "I love to work with young players. Having worked here one week, I'm really impressed with their quality.

"My dream for (Vincent) Kompany is for him to be fit. He's a magnificent defender, but when I spoke to him I said just focus on your body.

"We're going to try and be more consistent in our game. Maybe we're not going to win every day. But we are going to try."

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