Watch: Guardiola makes epic speech at half-time of City’s Villa comeback
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City produced a comeback for the ages to seal the 2021-22 Premier League title – and now we’ve had a peek behind the curtain at how the manager inspired his players.
Guardiola has won 10 league titles in 14 years since he was appointed Barcelona boss back in 2008.
The era-defining tactician led Barcelona to three La Liga titles in four years and the Bundesliga in each of his three years with Bayern Munich. Now he’s gunning to lead Manchester City to a fifth Premier League title in seven years.
None of those titles have been quite as dramatic as last season’s, which was secured at the last gasp in an unforgettable 3-2 win over Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa.
City went into half-time a goal behind after Matty Cash opened the scoring for the visitors.
Guardiola gave an impassioned speech at the break, inspiring his players to get a goal back. The footage has just been released in Man City’s new Together: Champions Again online documentary, which is reminiscent of their behind-the-scenes All Or Nothing series from one of their other memorable title-winning campaigns.
“We’re going to go for it. Okay, guys?” Guardiola began.
“It’s impossible to think about the consequences if we don’t win. It’s normal. It’s normal. But you have to be positive until the end.
“We need one goal. Then we will have the momentum and we will do it. I know you feel the pressure in the danger. It’s normal.
“We would not be here if we hadn’t been the best. You would not be.
“I know we are going to win it, but you have to handle in here [the mind] in a positive way.
“Find the quality, guys! You have enough. Okay? Allez,” the City boss concluded, clapping his hands before sending his players back out onto the pitch.
Things actually went from bad to worse in the second half, with Philippe Coutinho doubling Villa’s lead in the 69th minute.
But just as the title appeared to be slipping away from Guardiola’s men, substitute Ilkay Gundogan helped inspire an incredible fightback.
The German scored twice, with Rodri grabbing the other, as City scored three times in a whirlwind five minutes to go back ahead.
— City Report (@cityreport_) September 8, 2022