Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola talks of the contributions of past and unknown heroes of the Club and today’s ground staff as the Blues reach their first ever Champions League final.
According to Guardiola, Manchester City ’s Champions League success was not just about the 11 heroes on the Etihad pitch last night but other unknown heroes off the pitch.
The Blues boss said that the stars of the past, and the unsung workers of the present have all made their contribution to this moment, from Colin Bell to the ground staff who cleared the ice off the surface of the pitch.
He also praises of the rest of the squad, most of whom sat on the bench as the Blues secured a 4-1 aggregate win through two Riyad Mahrez goals, and for the owners and the chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
The Unknown Heroes
He said: “The players who played before for us, Colin Bell, (Mike) Summerbee. The guys that helped to take the club to another level – Joe Hart, Zaba, Kompany, Sergio, Silva – many players who helped us to be at this stage. We want to share it with them
“Without them this would not be possible.
“We beat a team that knocked out Barca and Bayern. We struggled early on, second half narrow, much better and incredible huge victory for us.”
Guardiola often makes the point that victories are for the whole club, organizing a memorably “team photo” that included the office and laundry staff, ground staff, and the rest.
He was full of praise for the ground staff who played their part in the win by managing to clear most of the ice on the pitch, in conditions that threatened to make the game a lottery.
Guardiola felt the surface of the pitch was not safe in the first half and applaud his team for defending so well on it.
But he added: “Thanks to the workers. This club is like this. Of course we invested money but if people want to believe it’s just money that’s up to you but incredible people behind the scenes and a clear strategy. Five Premier Leagues in ten years means a lot.”