Soccer owed one to Juanma
Lillo after that frustrated rise of Mendizorroza in 2008 and found him 13 years later in England, in the shadow of Pep
Guardiola. Destinations crossed and united by a sentimental bond: in the same month that Real Sociedad once again became great and won a title 34 years later, the coach from Toulouse sees five years of work compensated with the achievement of his first trophy with Manchester City : the Carabao Cup or Cup of the League of England. Along with him, another Gipuzkoan who also tasted the troubles of the Txuri Urdin descent: the goalkeeper coach from San Juan Xabi
Manzisidor, already accustomed to the honeys of the success of the citizen club, which he joined in 2013, a year after Txiki
Begiristain, the sports director and third representative of the historical territory of Gipuzkoa in the club chaired by the emirate Khaldoon
“Not risking is the most risky, so, to avoid risks, I will risk.” It is the philosophy that has accompanied Lillo, whose career took a dramatic turn in June 2020, when his protégé, Pep
Guardiola, the one with the 30 titles, called him to be his assistant at the City of Manchester. His previous Asian experiences as head coach, first at Vissel Kobe in Japan and then at Qingdao Huanghai in China, also left their mark and a lot of learning. He left everything to become Sancho
Belly, as in his brief stay at Sevilla with Jorge Sampaoli. It’s hard to see Lillo in the photos, he is always one meter and two behind Pep. In this case, the garnish is not eaten with the sirloin.
Guardiola vindicates the importance of tolosarra
However, the very Guardiola vindicates the importance of his assistant in the good trajectory of City: “Juanma It is very important to me. It has helped us a lot. Without their influence it would be impossible to be where we are at the table ”, confesses the Santpedor. “He knows me perfectly and knows what I need at the right time. It has a special sense to see things that I do not see or to read situations of the game that are difficult for me to find ”, adds the former manager of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
The Carabao Cup may be the first, and least important, that the citizen team can accumulate this season. He has almost in hand the achievement of the Premier League and is one of the four finalists of the Champions League. Perhaps at the end of the course he will have to give a return to another of his immortal sentences: “Reality is to conspire against dreams,” he said. Lillo in her 14-month stint at La Real, very unhappy about the club’s situation. Now it seems that it is to fulfill them.