Pep Guardiola used Hamilton and Verstappen’s F1 showdown as perfect example of his expectations from City players
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has urged his players to draw inspiration from Formula One drivers Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in their pursuit of the 2021/22 Premier League title. Guardiola told the City stars to never give up and keep fighting till the end like Verstappen.
Guardiola was making reference to the incredible F1 season that ended on Sunday as Verstappen pipped Hamilton to the title in the grand finale at Abu Dhabi. The Belgian-Dutch driver won his first F1 world title at the expense of Hamilton clinching his eighth world title.
Whilst speaking ahead of tonight’s Premier League clash with Leeds United, Guardiola gave a rousing call-to-action to his players whilst drawing heavily on the Motorsport.
“In this competition, like you saw in Formula One, you can do everything. Verstappen and Hamilton are incredible champions, but sometimes success doesn’t depend on you. Something decides if there’s a winner and you don’t win,” Guardiola said.
The Spanish tactician called on his players to ensure they do more than every other person because they still might lose the title just because someone else does more than them just as the case with Hamilton.
He continued: “The players have to fight like Verstappen has done and Hamilton has done, until the end. But sometimes, even with that going perfectly, doing incredibly well, sometimes it’s something you cannot control, that you’re the winner or you’re not the winner.
“This is an example I took from yesterday, that is to always fight. In the end, a law, a VAR or a bad decision – many things can happen – and you don’t win.”
Guardiola also called on his players to model their performances after Raheem Sterling, with the English forward being in scintillating form recently. Sterling notched his 100th EPL goal on Saturday as City saw off Wolverhampton Wanderers.
“What you have to do is like Raheem has done in the last games or these incredible two athletes from Formula One have done and never give up,” said the City manager.
“Never say ‘I’m not going to try’, but sometimes, even doing perfectly, something happens that the athletes cannot control and you don’t win.
“I want more from Raheem, but I want more from Gundogan, I want more from Kevin, I want more even from Bernardo, from Rodri, but all the credit deserves to go to the players.”
Manchester City could go four points clear at the top of the table if they get a win over Marcelo Bielsa’s team tonight. City have won six games on the trot in the league since a shock 2-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace on 30th October.