Guardiola names nine teams that wanted City kicked out of the Champions League.
Friday ferocious press conference, Pep Guardiola delighted the Man City supporters. To have the Citizens eliminated from the Champions League, he singled out the nine Premier League clubs.
Guardiola, the manager of City, had been mum when asked what he thought of the Premier League’s decision to accuse his team of more than 100 financial misconduct offenses.
Although the Spaniard stood up for his team, which he feels has been “condemned” by the competition, he let rip in his pre-Aston Villa press conference on Friday.
The legal dispute City will have with UEFA in 2020 was also referenced in Guardiola’s remarks. A two-year ban from competing in European competition was one that the club successfully appealed.
Moreover, during the trial, the 52-year-old made it a point to mention each of the nine Premier League teams by name to show their support for the elimination of Manchester City from the Champions League.
“While we wait for UEFA to rule against us. Burnley, Wolves, Leicester, Newcastle, Spurs, Arsenal [Manchester] United, Liverpool, and Chelsea were among the nine teams that [wanted City] to withdraw from the Champions League. They desired to hold that position.”
After the club appealed the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the club UEFA would subsequently clear it. Guardiola, however, isn’t eager to forget those who fought against his team, as evidenced by his remarks from today.
There had been rumors that Guardiola might leave his position as manager of City due to the Premier League’s unprecedented charges against the team. But he made it abundantly clear that he has no plans to quit the club anytime soon:
“I won’t get up from this chair. More than ever, I can vouch for the fact that I want to stay more than ever.”
Since the start of the 2016–17 campaign, Guardiola has been with the organization. He recently agreed to a two-year extension at the Etihad Stadium, which will keep him in charge until 2025.