Pep Guardiola hails pilot for keeping his Man City squad calm during turbulent flight from Lisbon


Pep Guardiola praises ‘magnificent’ pilot after City’s ‘bumpy’ flight back from Lisbon, with plane being diverted to Liverpool after high winds prevented them from landing… but Spaniard admits ‘when I saw the video, it was scarier than we felt’

  • Man City’s flight back from Lisbon was diverted to Liverpool on Wednesday
  • City boss Pep Guardiola has hailed the club’s pilot for keeping everyone calm
  • He has admitted that watching a video back of the incident was scary viewing











Pep Guardiola has opened up on Manchester City’s ordeal in the air when landing back from Lisbon.

City’s plane was forced to abort plans to touch down at Manchester Airport due to turbulent weather and diverted to Liverpool instead.

Guardiola praised the club’s pilot after landing safely following the 5-0 rout of Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Man City’s flight on Wednesday was diverted to Liverpool due to adverse weather conditions

Pep Guardiola has revealed the club's pilot kept his side calm on their return flight from Lisbon

Pep Guardiola has revealed the club’s pilot kept his side calm on their return flight from Lisbon

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‘When I saw the video, it was scarier than we felt (at the time),’ Guardiola said. ‘It was bumpy. We were going down and then immediately the engine started to roll on and we went up.

‘We had an incredible pilot who talked to us, who was so calm. The pilot was magnificent. We felt a bit anxious. But thanks to him everyone was calm.’

City are nine points clear of second-placed Liverpool as they attempt to claim a third Premier League title in four seasons.

But Guardiola fears a Tottenham backlash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday after Antonio Conte’s side have lost their last three matches. And he told Daniel Levy to give Conte time in order to get it right.

Guardiola thinks Antonio Conte will turn things around after Tottenham's recent dip in form

Guardiola thinks Antonio Conte will turn things around after Tottenham’s recent dip in form

The City boss expects Tottenham to be difficult to beat on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium

The City boss expects Tottenham to be difficult to beat on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium

‘The fact that they have lost three times will make tomorrow more difficult,’ Guardiola added. ‘It’s difficult for the top teams to lose four games in a row.

‘We suffered (against them) many times, they have a lot of quality. For managers, changing things in mid-season is not easy. We don’t have time. The club gave me time, I’m grateful.

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‘If the club rely on him in terms of time… he has shown it in Juventus and did it in Milan and at Chelsea. If the club rely on him 100 per cent they will have success. Every manager needs time. When I watch his teams I feel that I can learn.’

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