Spaniard Josep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City, made some disturbing remarks about American Hollywood star Julia Roberts following his team’s 7-0 victory over Leipzig, Germany, in the Champions League.
Guardiola surprised everyone at the post-match press conference by talking about his role model Julia Roberts’ long-standing visit to Old Trafford, a stronghold of Manchester United’s nemesis in 2016.
Guardiola said after qualifying to take his team to the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the sixth time in a row, jokingly: “I’m a loser in the Champions League. I’ll tell you a secret. Even if I win the Champions League 3 times in a row, I’ll still be a loser.”
The Spanish coach explained: “There are 3 role models in my life: (American basketball legend) Michael Jordan, (American golf star) Tiger Woods and (Hollywood star) Julia Roberts.”
Guardiola, who led City to Premier League victory in years (2018, 2019, 2021, 2022), added: “Julia Roberts came to Manchester, not in the 1990s when Sir Alex Ferguson won title after title. (with United), but during the period when we were better than United, four or five years ago, she visited United and did not come to us.
Roberts visited Old Trafford in November 2016 to watch the Red Devils’ match against West Ham United when she took to the pitch and posed for pictures with Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and their colleagues.
And Pep Guardiola went on with some irony that the question left him with a lump in his throat and always made him feel like a loser after he didn’t get to meet one of his favorite stars when she came to Manchester, saying “Even if I win the Champions League, that doesn’t (minimize) his disappointment.” “Julia Roberts, who came to Manchester and did not visit us, is my role model. Even if I win the Champions League, it will not compare to my disappointment. “