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John Stones has more personality than everyone in this room – more balls – I am delighted to have him, even with the mistakes. I love him. It is not easy to play for this kind of manager which is why I admire my central defenders.
I think exceptional other managers in the world sometimes don't win titles in a season.
He was a long time injured and sometimes he played but was injured again so I could risk him and not be so sure [he would last]. I would like more time to be sure.
In terms of Barcelona and Bayern Munich, when you talk about these kind of teams, it's a big disaster when they don't win. I knew that. Here I didn't think that, but it is a big disaster when you don't win as well. It will take more time to put the team that I want.
I met the big boss Sheikh Mansour [the City owner] in Abu Dhabi and I know the plan, it's a team that took the next step seven years ago and we are thinking about getting better. I want to be involved in that as much as possible and to help my team to make the next step and I have more power than ever in my life as a manager. For me, it's a big challenge and I want to deal with that, I want to see myself if I am able to do that. That is my impression.
All the managers and sporting directors want to improve and get better. Even the team that wins the triple will still make changes, so a team that does not win the Champions League or gets to the final will make changes. I knew that. I met the big boss (owner) Sheikh Mansour in Abu Dhabi and I know the plan. We are thinking (of how) to get better. For players and managers, it depends on the results, but I want to be involved in that as much as possible, and to help my team to make the next step and I have more power than ever in my life as a manager.
For me it's a big challenge and I want to deal with that. In the good moments and bad moments, especially in the bad moments, I am really impressed. I appreciate that a lot. I am so happy with the squad. Speculation is normal when you are out of a competition, it happens everywhere not just the Premier League and England. I have said many times I'm so happy working with the guys and how they try to do and their performances. We're going to improve a lot next season and a lot of these guys will be here next season. All these issues we'll talk about at the end of the season.
It is important we don't bring him in if he's not fully ready and not fully match fit.
All the managers and sporting directors want to improve and get better. Maybe the team that wins the treble will still make changes, the team that does not win the Champions League and gets to the final will make changes, so I knew that. I met Sheikh Mansour in Abu Dhabi and I know the plan. It's a team that took the next step seven years ago and we are thinking about how to get better. I want to be involved in that as much as possible and to help my team to make the next step.
I have more power than ever in my life as a manager. For me it's a big challenge and I want to deal with that. I want to see myself if I am able to do that; that is my impression.
Since the beginning, when I arrived, I was delighted. Even when I was in Munich when I saw him [I was impressed].
In football you have to start by making the simple things. After, the quality to dribble and score goals, that is the more difficult thing – he has this talent.
It is true – how many chances he creates, how many he scores, creates penalties, [wins] fouls and being aggressive without the ball in the press and many, many things. He is so important. But still, it is the same case as with Leroy. Still it is a guy who has a lot of things to improve. I would like him not to believe or think it is already good. He can be better, believe me. Raz can be better. Still he makes mistakes in the simple, easy things. When improves that… wow.
He was shouting when he was not happy with one pass. When this happens, you are in the game, we are in the game, after that you have two chances. You are aggressive in the penalty, your first touch is good, your first control is good. And when this happens Sergio is an unbelievable player. Not just in the box, in all the terms, that's why we were so happy and I know he was so happy.
To take decisions like Claudio Bravo did in the last game was a masterpiece. How he took decisions, short and right, left and along and behind because we knew Huddersfield would be high pressing and press Aleix Garcia. For example they would press to Kevin De Bruyne to come, to Fernandinho to come, [so] the space was in behind them. How he put the ball there - it wasn't a long ball, it was a pass. How he took the decisions was right all the time, it was really perfect, definitely what I want from Claudio and of course Willy [Caballero].
Maybe it's my opinion but when you have strikers two metres tall you can play long balls but our strikers are not strong enough in the long balls. We have [Sergio] Aguero, Kelechi [Iheanacho], Gabriel [Jesus], [Raheem] Sterling, [Jesus] Navas and Nolito, even Leroy [Sane] is not strong. If we play 100 long balls we are going to lose maybe 95 and when this happens the ball comes back more quickly and with more players to attack you.
Every day my feeling is better. Our build-up is better, we create more chances in the last two games and scored 10 goals. That is what I have to continue.
To see the team, the team spirit, to play better and better, the players know they depend on their team-mates, not their own performance. If the goalkeepers make a good performance it's not for the keepers it's for the team, if we score goals it's not for the strikers it's for the team, and that is what is important.
When I hear so many times 'I always dream of winning the Golden Ball, the Ballon d'Or', these kind of things, that is ridiculous. It makes no sense. Win the titles, make the people happy. But it is not the way it was before. Normally the manager of the month is because they won, it's simple like that. Normally when the people have more money to spend on better players [they win accolades], so I said many times I won a lot of prizes because I trained good teams, if not good teams I wouldn't have so many prizes. That is nothing important for me.
Gabriel Jesus is the player of the month or not player of the month. I am sad because he is not able to help us, and of course the moment he played he helped us a lot, that is what I want to see as a manager, as a team - our success, our mistakes are our mistakes and the good things are our good things.
Like a Barcelona fan, like supporters, like he's… I am sorry, the club of my heart, so I am so sad because we are going to miss the perfect trainer for Barcelona for his personality, character, for his three years, two years and now three, he play, played, unbelievable football with unbelievable players.
We will see after the session tomorrow. He is much, much better. Maybe he will be back tomorrow. Monaco are physical and strong, the full backs play like wingers, the wingers play like attacking midfielders. They are killers in the box. Both holding midfielders are intelligent, physical, strong, and they arrive in the box as a complete team. They are the best team in Europe in terms of scoring goals. So it's a tough draw.
We didn't take some of our early chances but that's been happening all season. The important thing is we created a lot of chances, did score three goals and also kept a clean sheet.
I am so happy now, believe me I am so happy as I knew how difficult the game was going to be, and in this group with Barcelona if we did not get points tonight and against Celtic it would be tough to go through. We have five games left but it was so important.
Europe will watch how we walk out on the pitch. That is a big joy for me. It has never been worrying. We might win, we might lose.
I know it's a tough night for us, for me and for the players and I am still very proud of my team, my players. The reason we did so badly in the first half is that we did not have possession. In my opinion football is played with the ball, then the other things come after that and we didn't play with the ball.
They are the best counter attacking team in the world, they are athletes – football players, but mainly athletes.
When I see Rooney, Ferdinand, Vidic and Ryan Giggs, Wellbeck, Chicahrito… I know them very well, I know the qualities of these players. Maybe they played no good this season, I don't know why because I am not here (in England) but for one game or two games they can make the best performance of the season and they can beat us.
I feel good here but I believe my time at Barcelona is ending. I've already done three years, one more will be four years. And in four years a big club needs a lot of courage to keep the same coach. Everyone should know when it's the right time to go, as I always heard when I was a player.
In the end we adapt to everything … but it's clear that this was a problem for the spectacle.
We played a fantastic match against 11 and against 10. We did not allow them to make more than three consecutive passes.