Pep Guardiola said he has no regrets during his time at Manchester City ahead of his 200th Premier League game.
Since his appointment as coach in 2016, Guardiola has won the league title three times and has seen his team set a number of competition records, including most points, most goals, and most wins in a season.
City are third – two points behind leaders Chelsea – after a third of the 2021/22 season, with Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
“I’ve spent many years here,” Guardiola said in his pre-match press conference. “When you are in 200 matches, you have many years and that means you win matches, no secrets.
“We are judged by the results, not how good or bad we are, only the results. If I get that achievement, it is because we did well with the players.
“I have no regrets. I could not ask or ask for more than we have done so far. Impossible. I am happy with what we have lived together in this period, I hope we can continue to work and do well.”
The match will see Palace manager Patrick Vieira return to the club as he ended his football career and took charge of coaching, first with the development team and then with the city’s sister club New York City.
Guardiola was at Bayern at the time, but said Vieira visited him at the Bundesliga club to see what he could learn.
“When someone like Patrick came to Munich, you can’t imagine my honour, that all the staff would receive a visit from him,” Guardiola said.
“This kind of player, not only on the pitch but what he did for world football, was fantastic.
“I can only say thank you. We were together for a short time in Manchester. He completely changed the dynamic of Crystal Palace. They always had good players. It will be a tough job tomorrow.”
The visit to Palace, who have drawn in their last four league matches, comes after City lost their first Carabao Cup match in five years after a penalty shootout against West Ham on Wednesday.
“It’s news because we’ve won it four times in a row,” Guardiola said. “Playing this competition to the end and winning so many times, it was not bad for us in other competitions. We need to prove whether it is good or the other way around.
“I wanted to continue because the results are in the Premier League, the Champions League and the FA Cup, because we are used to playing every three days, but we congratulate West Ham.
“Our experience is not bad, we can handle a lot of matches in many competitions. It is part of the football game, as in all sports, winning is an exception. Usually you lose more than you win.”