Pep Guardiola has insisted he will always be a failure at Manchester City because his ‘idol’ Julia Roberts didn’t come to see his side when she visited Manchester in 2016.
Guardiola led his side a step closer to a first Champions League title on Tuesday night after a 7-0 hauling of RB Leipzig.
Although Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan both found the net, it was Erling Haaland who set tongues wagging with a record-breaking five-goal haul to make him the club’s record one-season scorer on 39 after surpassing Tommy Johnson’s 94-year record.
The emphatic victory sees the Citizens book a place in the quarter-final draw to be held on Friday morning.
Victory hands the Blues a place in the quarter-final draw on Friday morning as Guardiola’s side remain favourites to lift the trophy in Istanbul come June – even though such groundbreaking feat will mean nothing to the Spaniard,
“Whatever happens in the Champions League this year, winning, even if we win this Champions League, three in a row I’ll be a failure,” Guardiola said. “I have three idols in my life: Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Julia Roberts. These are my three idols.
“For obvious reasons, Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods and Julia Roberts as well. Julia Roberts came to Manchester, not in the 80s and 90s when [United] were with Sir Alex Ferguson winning titles after titles. She came during the period we were better than United over the last four or five years.
“She went to visit Man United, she didn’t come to see us, so that’s why even if I win the Champions League, we will not be compared because of the fact that Julia Roberts came to Manchester and didn’t come to see us – my idol.
“So that’s why whatever happens, even if I win the Champions League it won’t compare to this disappointment.”
Roberts was spotted at Old Trafford back in 2016, there with family to watch United take on West Ham. The Hollywood star’s children are said to be Reds fans, and were invited onto the pitch before the game.