Guardiola praises Hodgson's longevity, doesn't think he'll be coaching at that age

Hodgson left with mixed injury news ahead of Palace’s trip to Manchester City

With a 14-point gap and an extra game played, Pep Guardiola has dismissed the possibility of Manchester City catching runaway leaders Liverpool, calling it "not realistic".

It was recommended previously in the season Guardiola might go on after a controling English football for the previous 2 previous periods yet he sees his temporary future with City.

"When we talk for 30 seconds or we meet in the meeting in London and we speak for maybe one and a half minutes, I don't quite know where the learning will come from". When they have time they make a lot of dinners together with staff or alone. "We've dropped points, we conceded and didn't win games", Guardiola told reporters on Friday. They do it at home sometimes or sometimes in restaurants, as in this case.

Nights out on the town are a fairly distant memory for Guardiola, who turns 49 when his team faces Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: "We did well at City last season but we can't live on the memory of that".

"Of course I admire him, it's incredible that he's got the passion to be manager, it's incredible and they're doing really well", Guardiola said. We can not forget the situation when he took over when they had zero points and everyone considered them relegated. I enjoy working with them and I like it, but even if it's going bad and we are not in the Champions League, I will not leave", he said."As a manager, there are good and bad moments, you don't win all the time.

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Guardiola, who has insisted he will be back to see out the final season of his current contract with City next term, said he can not see himself still managing at Hodgson's age.

"If I still like it and I have offers, and I have passion, and I'm still enjoying it and the people I am living with on and off the pitch, and I'm comfortable", the Catalan said in response to a question.

"I think he is close", said Guardiola last week. I think when you are managing at 72 it must be boring at home! The problem is when you have no interests to do anything else and you are at home doing nothing. "I didn't say I'm going to retire the next week or the next year, but I don't think so with this age I will be manager, but I don't know".

Guardiola wished new Barcelona manager Quique Setien good luck after his appointment this week to replace Ernesto Valverde.

With a top-four finish in the Premier League all but guaranteed, Guardiola can afford to rotate his squad in Premier League games and focus on the three cup competitions still within his reach.

"But watching his team, I am pretty certain that if I had the players at my disposal that he has I would certainly be trying to play in a very similar way".

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