“The Borussia Dortmund invests a lot in the future of his team and pays the agents large sums to attract the best young talents, “said the coach of the Manchester City Pep Guardiola before Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final match against the German team.
Dortmund have recruited some of Europe’s best youngsters, including Norwegian star Erling Haaland (RB Salzburg), forward Jadon Sancho (Manchester City) and midfielder Jude Bellingham (Birmingham City).
Guardiola’s comments come after Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola met with both FC Barcelona and Real Madrid last week to discuss a possible transfer. “If anyone in the city of Manchester knows Borussia Dortmund, that’s me,” Guardiola said. “About the culture of that club, the way they play. I will not find a single player in Dortmund without quality ”.
“They spent a lot of money on young players and they paid a lot of money to the agents to bring these players there because they have incredible quality,” he added.
Haaland was linked to a move to City after Sergio Aguero announced he is leaving the Etihad club at the end of the season, but Guardiola cooled speculation by saying they are unlikely to prioritize a new forward.
Rotations by obligation
Guardiola also assured, in another vein, that the rotation of the squad will be key if they want to have any chance of adding the four titles this season.
No English team has won the Premier, the two national cups and the Champions League in the same season, and City could do it. Guardiola’s team leads the Premier League by 14 points and will host Dortmund in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday. They will also face Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals and play Tottenham in the League Cup final later this month.
“Broken because you can’t play every day,” Guardiola said after Saturday’s 2-0 win over Leicester City. “They are human beings, not machines. To win all the competitions this year without spectators, when we start later and finish earlier, you can’t be where we are if you don’t break. “
“We don’t have a week off. No player can do that and be mentally prepared in every game. So I rotated them. I trust my players a lot ”.