Guardiola: Emery Is A Title Winner

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Pep Guardiola has backed Unai Emery to make Arsenal a title winning side, in his first season at the club.

Arsenal have not won the League since 2004 and Wenger retired from his role, after finishing outside the top four in his last two seasons.

The Gunners hired former Sevilla and PSG manager, Emery, and Guardiola expects a formidable opponent.

“They can do it,” he told a news conference. “He has enough experience to know exactly what [it takes]. He was in France, he was with many teams in Spain, so he has a lot of experience.

“Maybe my advice is alright for me but it might not work for him. People spoke to me when I arrived saying it’s like this or like that, but I discovered many things during the process, watching what happens.

“He is a smart, intelligent, well-prepared manager, so he will know exactly what to do.

“I have a lot of respect for his career, starting from the bottom and making an excellent career, winning titles and making his teams difficult.

“Now he is at Arsenal, one of the best teams in England, and of course he is a contender to win titles.”

“Everybody is able to dream,” he added. “What we have done last season, now [people say] we are going to win [again] – nobody can assure me of that.

“By that thinking, last season we wouldn’t have won the Premier League because Chelsea won the year before.

“We just start again. That’s why it’s fascinating. Forget the World Cup and everything else, it’s a new challenge.

“Of course we accept the challenge to win back-to-back, but what we have to do is to be ourselves. That is the main thing we have to try to do.

“Even when you are perfect, the other team can be better. I have played in finals when we were excellent and you lose, because the others are good teams as well. And here in England there are many.

 

“Forget about Liverpool’s spending, because of course they have spent a lot, but last season they were a top team as well.

“Maybe Tottenham couldn’t spend because of the stadium, but Chelsea – imagine Jorginho, [Mateo] Kovacic and [N’Golo] Kante in midfield, and [Eden] Hazard, Willian, Pedro and [Alvaro] Morata in front. You cannot say they are not contenders to win.

“Or Manchester United. People don’t know how good they will be this season, but I know the manager a little bit and I know in that situation how good they will handle it.”

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