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'I wasn't good enough to play for Wigan,' says City boss Guardiola

19 February 2018

"They were so clever!", he added.

'I got a call from Guardiola's agent and I rang Pep and left a message, ' Jewell explained.

Pep Guardiola has lifted the lid for the first time on the sequence of events that nearly led to him becoming a Wigan Athletic player over a decade ago.

Wigan have been drawn against Southampton in the FA Cup quarter finals, provided they make it past Manchester City in the 5th round this matchday.

Relegated that same season, Wigan now find themselves in League One although they have already claimed the scalps of Premier League sides Bournemouth and West Ham in their FA Cup run this season.

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As it turned out, he spurned the opportunity to be part of the club's first season in the Premier League.

Manchester City Press Conference - St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland. I can not forget what happened - he saved two rounds of penalties.

But the Arsenal boss says that win, lose or draw, his admiration for Guardiola will remain.

Wenger and Guardiola face one another in the Carabao Cup final next Sunday, in what will be their 13th meeting as opposition managers.

"It all depends on the performance and the quality but, in this competition, Claudio is going to play".

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Guardiola was full of praise for Bravo, who has been demoted since Ederson's arrival after joining from Barcelona in the summer of 2016.

"They tried to sign me when I was a football player, years ago", he explained before bursting into laughter.

"In the top clubs you need two good goalkeepers, you can not survive with just one - (what) if he is injured or suspended and the second one doesn't have the level?"

"So all the big clubs who play a lot of competitions have two good goalkeepers and we have".

The Spanish manager remains keen to name a strong starting lineup against third-tier Wigan as his players have five days to recover from a 4-0 victory over Basel in the Champions League.

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'I wasn't good enough to play for Wigan,' says City boss Guardiola