Juanma Lillo is no longer Pep Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City. After two seasons in England, he wants to resume his career as head coach. But he will not resume it. Not in a big European league, but in Qatar's Al Sadd, Xavi Hernández's former club. Lillo will take over from Javi Graciathat he had been the substitute for today's coach of Barça.
The City announced Lillo's departure and, at the same time, Al Sadd announced his hiringand his presentation this coming Sunday. “My time at Manchester City has been one of the most enjoyable periods of my career,” he said. Lillo, 56 years old. “Working alongside Pep, his coaching staff and this group of players has been a pleasure and I hope I have contributed in some way to the fantastic success we have enjoyed on the pitch,” he added. technical, alluding to the two Premiers and the League Cup won in the two campaigns. Txiki Begiristain, the sports director, stated that that Lillo's contribution to the team's good results “has been evident” in both campaigns.
Lillo is the third assistant who has collaborated with Guardiola on the City blue bench. The Santpedor technician started with Domènec Torrent, who after two seasons (2016-18) assumed command of New York City. Mikel Arteta occupied the the position of him until December 2019, when he accepted & gué; Arsenal's offer, the exclusion of him as a footballer and where he stood & oacute; into an idol. At the end of the season, he joined the Juanma Lillo, who was in China's Qingdao Huanghai.