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Guardiola takes his first Man City training session

Pep Guardiola has taken his first training session as Manchester City head coach.

A number of senior players - including Samir Nasri, Fabian Delph, Wilfried Bony, Yaya Toure and Fernandinho - returned to the City Football Academy for the start of pre-season training this week.

Tuesday's session was overseen by Guardiola, with the club posting a gallery of images online as the Spaniard put players through their paces.

Guardiola was joined by his coaching team, which includes former Arsenal and Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta, who retired at the end of last season.

Guardiola signs off at Bayern with Pokal cup win

Pep Guardiola. Credit: PA

Pep Guardiola's final game as coach of Bayern Munich before he heads to Manchester City ended with a trophy as his side completed a domestic double with a penalty shoot-out win over Borussia Dortmund in Germany's Pokal.

After a goalless 120 minutes in which Bayern had arguably the better of the game, but Dortmund the better chances, a shoot-out was required to separate the teams.

Dortmund missed twice and Douglas Costa scored as clinched Bayern the DFB-Pokal to add to their Bundesliga title this season.

No talks with Pep over Manchester City job - Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini won't speak with Pep Guardiola over Man City job Credit: PA

Manuel Pellegrini has revealed he will not speak to his successor, Pep Guardiola, about the challenges facing the Spaniard next season following his move from Bayern Munich to Manchester City.

The current incumbent leaves the Etihad Stadium club this summer after three years in charge and has all but secured Champions League football for the team next term, with Manchester United needing to win by 19 goals in their final game to leapfrog their rivals.

Pellegrini suggested that Guardiola had enough contacts at the club not to need any further input, while also hinting that he could remain in the Premier League for his next job.

I don't think that we need to speak. He knows perfectly what is this club, he has friends inside here. He is a very important manager in Europe, so I am sure he will have all the information.

This team in the last five seasons always plays Champions League. So I think he will receive a club he deserves, and I am sure that this club will continue improving in the future.

I will now starting thinking about the future, I don't want to decide just in one week. I will see different options. I am fortunate to work in five countries, but the Premier League is the most important in the world.

The stadiums are full capacity, a party every game, fans uniting and singing. The atmosphere. It is important for managers to have this experience.

– Manuel Pellegrini


Guardiola aware of pressure to win Champions League

Pep Guardiola accepts his three-year spell as Bayern Munich manager will be judged on whether his team can win the Champions League before he leaves this summer.

Guardiola is desperate to win the Champions League in his final season. Credit: Reuters

The Spaniard, whose side are away to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday night, is set to take over at Manchester City for next season.

Despite dominating the Bundesliga, with Guardiola's men on course to collect a third straight domestic title, success in Europe's elite club competition has so far proved illusive.

The German giants are aiming to avoid what would be elimination to a Spanish team at the same stage for three campaigns in a row.

Guardiola understands the demands of the job, which saw predecessor Jupp Heynckes deliver the 2013 Champions League with victory over Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.

Guardiola said:

In three years we have got to three semi-finals, but I know that people say if I don't win the Champions League my work won't be complete.

But I've been very lucky to have experienced what I have in Germany. I think I am a better coach, a better person, more relaxed.

– Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola

Guardiola will improve any team - Lewandowski

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski believes outgoing manager Pep Guardiola will improve any team he chooses to take over in the Premier League.

Last month the Spaniard confirmed he would be standing down as head coach at the end of the campaign after three successful years in the Bundesliga to pursue a career in England.

Pep Guardiola is leaving Bayern. Credit: PA

Manchester City are thought to be leading the chase for his services while Chelsea and Manchester United have also been linked with the Catalan.

"I know Pep can improve a team in England," the Poland international told the Mail on Sunday. "I think he knows where he's going and he knows what he needs to do with the team he's going to, so that they play much better.

"He will focus on technique and perhaps more possession than is the norm in England. But Pep knows the Premier League is different from the Spanish league or the Bundesliga. I'm sure he can do something new in terms of tactics and technique."

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