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“Ted Lasso Needs People Like Me” – ‘Big Fan’ Pep Guardiola Reveals He Couldn’t Turn Down Cameo Alongside Jason Sudeikis

Published 05/27/2023, 6:19 AM EDT

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Ted Lasso has taken the soccer world and beyond by storm. The sitcom has captivated numerous viewers with its lovable and intriguing characters. For its hilarious plot, the show has gained immense popularity. So much popularity that it ended up having the veteran soccer manager, Pep Guardiola, on their show. Notably, the 3rd season of the show has been premiering since March 15.

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With the ongoing third season, the writers of the show are experimenting with ways to make the show even more enjoyable. While the show remains fiction with a real-life feel, they try to add elements the audience, especially soccer fanatics, may relate to. With the same idea, they gave the current Manchester City manager a cameo. In fact, the legendary manager also opened up about his surprise appearance.

Pep Guardiola opens up on Ted Lasso cameo


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The appearance of Pep Guardiola in Ted Lasso was a crossover no one expected. The Spanish coach appeared in the 12th episode of the program. Interestingly, Guardiola is also fond of the series, and he is happy with the chance to play a part in it. In fact, he recently opened up about his role. “Yeah, Ted Lasso needs people like me to make a show better so that they’ll have success,” he said.

“As a family, we’re a big, big fan. So my little daughter, Valentina and my wife, we enjoy a lot to watch the show. We are a big fan, especially the first season.” When asked about appearing alongside Jason Sudeikis, Guardiola said, “And when they offered a cameo, I said “why not?” and I could meet the actors.” Also, he said a few actors even came during an actual Premier League game, “We talk again and was nice.”


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Further, in the episode, Guardiola’s City faces Lasso’s AFC Richmond, who are in contention for the title, at the Etihad Stadium. City is considered the favorite to win the league with only a few games remaining. However, a victory for Lasso’s team would bring them closer to their own championship hopes.

In an exciting turn of events and incredible gameplay, Richmond emerges triumphant with a 2-0 win. Guardiola approached Lasso on the sideline for the customary handshake and even had a surprising conversation. It’s followed by Lasso and his fellow coach, fanboying over the brilliant coach. Fans are now waiting for Lasso to play his final match in the series. Meanwhile, many netizens are displeased with the expensive streaming of the show!

Expensive streaming of the show!

Watching sports has become much more accessible for netizens around the world. In the present day, a spectrum of programs is available for fans to watch. But, with a wider variety of shows and matches, fans are obligated to spend a fortune to access such shows. Joe Pompliano, an internet personality, has conducted research on the costly streaming market in the country, which forms the focal point of the current discussion.


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Pompliano said, “Say you’re a NY sports fan (Giants, Knicks & Yankees) that wants to watch Ted Lasso & F1 Drive to Survive. You’ll need YouTube TV ($876), YES Network ($200), MSG Network ($310), Apple TV ($70), and Netflix ($240)”. In total, the amount adds up to a staggering $1700 per year.


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This is indeed a jaw-dropping figure, and many won’t be able to afford to pay such an amount for their leisure. Either way, are you a fan of Ted Lasso? Sound off and let us know in the comments below.

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Abhishek Mishra

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Abhishek Mishra is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. Abhishek's love for soccer began during his childhood days when he spent most of his time playing and watching the sport. His early exposure to soccer earned him many accolades at district and zonal levels, making him a true sports enthusiast.

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