Man City boss Pep Guardiola: "The mental side of golf is so important"

Guardiola talks learning about mental strength from those in the world of golf... 

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Thu, 15 Oct 2020
Man City boss Pep Guardiola: "The mental side of golf is so important"

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed "the mental side of golf is so important" following an interview with Puma India

Guardiola, 49, explained in the interview how he has spoken to a number of "big athletes" across different sports - particularly his close relationship with PGA Tour pro Tommy Fleetwood - and aligned their mental approaches to their discipline to inform his coaching style. 



"You can always learn from other sports," Guardiola said in an interview on Puma India's Instagram page.

"It is nice to know, for example, the mental approach in golf is so important. When you speak to big athletes, you learn how mentally strong they are. We can learn a lot from other sports.

"Football players are so smart. They are intuitive. When you are fake, they realise. You can make mistakes and bad decisions, but you cannot be not authentic. Try to convince them how you want to play. This is the only way I know."

Earlier this year, City boss Guardiola said he would rather play golf than manage Manchester United - CLICK HERE TO READ HIS INTERVIEW

Guardiola also spoke of his desire to get sports fans back inside stadiums to watch live action, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

"Without people, it is not the same, it's like a friendly game," said Guardiola.

"We can do it because the show must go on, but we need the people in the stadiums. It is a completely different game, it's empty. 

"Playing behind closed doors is weird."