MANCHESTER — Pep Guardiola says it’s “ridiculous” that some players target winning the Ballon d’Or and should instead concentrate on winning trophies for their clubs.
The Manchester City boss has been nominated for February’s manager of the month while Gabriel Jesus and David Silva are shortlisted for the player of the month award.
But Guardiola says he is more impressed with how his team have improved in a month that saw them win three Premier League games and their Champions League first leg 5-3 against Monaco.
“To be player of the month or manager of the month, believe me I know what counts and for me it doesn’t matter,” he told a news conference ahead of City’s Premier League clash with Sunderland on Sunday.
“If Gabriel Jesus is player of the month he’s player of the month, I’m sad he’s not able to help us and of course the moment he played he helped us a lot. That’s what I want to see.
“Our success is our success, mistakes are our mistakes and good things are our good things. Normally the manager of the month is because they won, it’s simple. Normally those that win have more money to spend on better players.
“I won a lot of prizes because I trained a lot of good teams, if they’re not good teams I wouldn’t have so many prizes. That’s not important for me. To see the team spirit and playing better. What we do depends on his teammates, not about his own performance. When a goalkeeper or striker makes a good performance, it’s for the team.”
Guardiola also believes that is a recent phenomenon that certain players try to become win player of the year prizes.
“When I hear so many times, ‘Oh my dream has always been to win the Ballon d’Or’ or these kind of things, that is ridiculous,” he added. “That makes no sense.
“To win the titles or make the people happy [is what it’s about]. Nowadays it’s different than it was before.”