Later News May 09

Guardiola claims ‘the people’ want Liverpool, not Man City, to win EPL title


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has shown just how little he knows about football fandom, by claiming that everyone wants Liverpool to win the English Premier League (EPL) title this season.

 

Given how unbearable Liverpool supporters were to everybody else when the Reds won the title in 2020 – their fan base even proudly adopted the moniker ‘The Unbearables’ – it would be safe to say that the majority of rival fans would much rather the Citizens retain the title this season.

 

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After all, one would be hard pressed to find a City fan, let alone an insufferably smug one who will not stop crowing about their title triumph for at least an entire year. 

 

Jealous rival fans can also conveniently brush off City’s title wins as being financially doped – aka ‘bought’ – while the same cannot be said of a Liverpool side that has gotten to where they are through shrewd sales and even shrewder player investments.

 

That is why it was somewhat surprising that Guardiola believes Liverpool are the people’s choice for the title this season.

 

Speaking after City’s 5-0 drubbing of Newcastle in England’s very own ‘Oil Classico’, Guardiola said: “The people want Liverpool to win more than us – it’s not an issue. It’s normal. 

 

“Maybe they have more supporters all around the world and in England maybe more support Liverpool than us. Liverpool, alongside [Manchester] United, are the most famous team, with what they have done in history – in terms of titles, legacy, history, dramas, for many, many things. 

 

“But we are, for the last 10, 11, 12 years, coming there [too]. I know we are sometimes uncomfortable [for people who don’t want us to], but I don’t care.”

 

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Guardiola also took the opportunity to throw shade at Liverpool, by performing the traditional Mancunian ritual of mocking the Merseyside outfit’s EPL title haul.

 

“One week ago, everyone in this country supports Liverpool, the media and everyone. Of course, because Liverpool have an incredible history in Europe. Not in Premier Leagues, they have won one in 30 years, but it's not a problem at all,” said Guardiola.

 

City’s win over the Magpies, coupled with Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur this past weekend, means Guardiola’s side have moved three points clear at the top of the table.

 

While they are currently in the driving seat to win the EPL, City’s title bid could be derailed by a lack of defenders, because apparently even the God of Injuries is backing Liverpool.

 

Ruben Dias, Kyle Walker, and John Stones will miss the rest of the season with injury, while Nathan Ake is still nursing an ankle problem.

 

But Guardiola has backed his expensively-assembled team to finish the job in the final stretch of the season, which sees them go to three teams that have absolutely little to nothing left to play for in Wolves, West Ham and Aston Villa.

 

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“Rúben, Kyle and John are out for the season,” Guardiola confirmed. “In pre-season is the next time [we will see them]. We have 13.5 players because Nathan is not in perfect condition. In this situation it’s not a problem, Rodri can play there. We have the academy. Everyone has to do extra. We have problems and that’s all.

 

“What happened with Liverpool and today makes Wednesday [against Wolves] an absolute final, final for us. If we can win then maybe, we come here [Etihad Stadium] on the final day against Aston Villa with our people looking to do back-to-back titles…with what this team has done, do you have any doubt?”

 

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