The Spaniard, former coach of Millonarios and Nacional, had been with Pep Guardiola for two years. 

Juanma Lillo said goodbye to Manchester City, where he worked as Pep Guardiola's assistant coach, to head to Qatar to manage to Al-Sadd, as the entity has made public.

The Spanish coach, who directed Millonarios in Colombia in 2014 and Atlético Nacional in 2017, he arrived at City in June 2020 and has been an active part of the successes of the English club, with two Premier League and one League Cup, in addition to the first League final of Champions that the light-blue team played in 2021 against Chelsea.

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Lillo, grateful to Manchester City

“My time at Manchester City has been one of the best of my career,” Lillo told City media. “Working alongside Pep, with his coaching staff and with this group of players has been a pleasure and I hope I have been able to contribute my grain of sand to the success we have had on the pitch.”

“Working alongside Pep, with his coaching staff and with this group of players has been a pleasure and I hope I have been able to contribute my grain of sand to the success we have had on the pitch.”

“I wish the club the best and I hope they can achieve everything they set out to do,” added Lillo.

For his part, Txiki Begiristain, City sports director, assured that Juanma has been “an integral part” of City's results and that it has been “a pleasure” to work with him in the last two seasons.

“Everyone at Manchester City wishes him the best in his new adventure,” added Begiristain.

For its part, Al Sadd has already officially announced the signing of Lillo, replacing Javi Gracia, that he was dismissed.

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Al Sadd's announcement confirming the arrival of Lillo

“Juan Manuel Lillo will be the head coach of AlSadd from the 2022-23 season. He will arrive in Qatar on Sunday before being presented at a press conference later,” says the statement issued by the entity in the official account of its social networks.

In addition to Millonarios and Nacional, Lillo directed Cultural Leonesa, Salamanca, Real Oviedo, Tenerife, Zaragoza, Ciudad de Murcia, Tarrasa, Real Sociedad and Almería, in his country, Dorados de Sinaloa, in Mexico, and Vissel Kobe and Takayuki Yoshida, in Japan.

Lillo occupies the position that until last Wednesday belonged to his compatriot Javi Gracia, who came to the Al Sadd bench as a substitute for the also Spanish Xavi Hernández, current Barcelona coach.< br>With Efe

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