West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has said that Pep Guardiola is simply building upon the foundations that he left him when the former Bayern Munich boss replaced him at the Etihad in 2016.
There was a lot of criticism of Man City when they announced that Guardiola would replace Pellegrini as their manager, despite the Chilean still having five months left to run on his deal at the Etihad.
Since Pellegrini’s departure though, Guardiola has taken City to the next level, breaking pretty much every Premier League record last season on the way to winning the title by a massive 19 points.
With Pellegrini set to face his former side for the first time since his departure, the West Ham boss has been fielding questions about the team he managed for three years:
“I think Manchester City is improving every year,” Pellegrini told his pre-match press conference.
“After I left the club two years ago in the summer of 2016, Pep Guardiola has continued to do the planning of what the club wants. The club is buying new players, so of course, they must continue improving.
“I was asked if I was disappointed by the manner of my departure from Manchester City but no, I was not disappointed, as I knew before what would happen.
“I signed three years in Manchester City and I completed my three-year contract. In those three years I think the club improved a lot.
“We won the Premier League, the League Cup twice and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, so I finished my job and I knew from the first day that I was there that they wanted to work with Guardiola.
“They have all their rights to, after a three-year contract with a manager, to continue with another one.”
Listen to more of Pellegrini’s comments below…