Pep Guardiola has addressed his own uncertain Manchester City future in the wake of Jurgen Klopp’s shock decision to leave Liverpool.
The world of football was rocked on Friday morning when the long-serving Reds boss announced he would stand down at the end of the current season following nine trophy-laden years.
Klopp cited his diminishing energy levels as a major factor in determining a decision that he has managed to keep under wraps since November.
The German arrived in the Premier League just under 12 months before Guardiola’s appointment at City and the pair have shared in one of the most captivating rivalries in English football history.
Guardiola’s own City future has been a matter of conjecture in recent months given his own precarious contractual situation.
Speaking after last night’s dramatic FA Cup fourth round win over Tottenham, Guardiola was asked he’d considered following Klopp’s lead and said: ‘I’m fine.
‘I want to do it still for one more year, and maybe extend. I’m fine. I still try to manage. We can’t do more than last season but what is important is one step at a time.’
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Guardiola, meanwhile, lauded an unbelievable performance from his City side after they ended their Spurs Stadium goal drought with a narrow 1-0 away win.
City had failed to score in their previous five trips to Spurs’ home and a replay looked on the cards when substitute Kevin De Bruyne inexplicably fired wide from 16 yards with eight minutes left.
The breakthrough did finally arrive for the visitors with 88 minutes on the clock when Guglielmo Vicario flapped at De Bruyne’s corner with Ruben Dias in close proximity and Nathan Ake poked home from close range to end the FA Cup holders barren run at Tottenham.
‘Deserved it? I think so but football is about scoring, not conceding and the statistics were really good today,’ Guardiola explained.
‘If you see the stats from the past when we come here, we could not score and could not win.
‘Yeah, we are really pleased of course to win against this team away, score a goal and go through. We defend the title and the way we play, we proved we defend it really well.
‘Unbelievable. The performance was top, top class. These players prove again the reason why they have done what they have done in the past.’