Pep Guardiola admitted he was ‘so proud’ to have statistically become the greatest manager in Manchester City’s history on Saturday, after they earned a well-deserved 1-0 away victory over Chelsea.
The Citizens dominated the game and eventually found the breakthrough in the second half, thanks to Gabriel Jesus’ deflected strike on 53 minutes.
Speaking after the victory, Guardiola confessed he was ‘so proud’ to be the Man City coach with the highest number of wins, and stated that it was made sweeter by doing it against Chelsea, the team who stopped them from winning the Champions League last season.
“I’m so proud. We’ve done it at Stamford Bridge at the last Champions League winner. We’ve been magnificent together. It makes me proud, a little bit for myself but especially for the club.”
Guardiola was full of praise for his players who got back to winning ways in the league, following their 0-0 stalemate with Southampton at the Etihad Stadium.
“Today the guys were outstanding. At this stadium and against this opponent, to do what we have done makes me so proud.
“We came here and did our game. Sometimes you can’t do it because the opponent is better. We were encouraged to press high and they could not make the build-up.”
Match-winner Jesus was singled out by Guardiola after the game, as the Spanish boss declared the Brazilian forward to be ‘one of the best signings’ Man City have ever made.
“Gabriel is one person or player who deserves the very best,” said Guardiola.
“He’s a guy who runs and works for everyone, and every time he scores I’m the happiest man. He can play up front in all three positions and he does them all very well.
“We know from the past how aggressive Chelsea are in the duels. But you have to handle that, at this level.
“And Gabriel, he went down, but he got up – and got up to try again. And that’s why he’s one of the best signings we have made in this period together at City.”