Guardiola laments lack of ‘help’ for Man City, as he turns the heat up ahead of Manchester derby
The Spaniard made those cryptic comments following City’s 4-1 win over Club Brugge in the Champions League Group A encounter this morning (SGT), with goals from Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus wrapping up a comfortable three points for the English Premier League (EPL) champions.
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With the victory, City find themselves on the cusp of qualifying for the knockout stages of the tournament, as they currently stand top of the group on nine points, one ahead of fellow big spenders Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG were held to a surprising 2-2 draw by RB Leipzig, who had lost all three of their previous games.
But Guardiola rejected the notion that had “helped” City’s chances of finishing as group winners by holding PSG to a draw, as he told BT Sport: “When you are Manchester City you realise nobody helps you – no one.
“Everything we have done, we have to do it. That is why I am so satisfied. When you are in big clubs, after that, I understand. Maybe. Here, no. If we win, we do it. I know it perfectly (because) all the titles I won before I did at big clubs.”
Guardiola’s famously successful Barcelona side, of course, had a history of receiving what rival fans can only term as ‘help’ from certain quarters during their matches.
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When asked to clarify what ‘help’ he was referring to, Guardiola channelled his inner-Sylvia to evade answering the question.
He said: “Listen don't misunderstand me. What I'm saying is what we've (Man City) done we did it, we deserved it. We did it for ourselves. That is so good and that is why I'm very pleased. We don't have to be helped, absolutely not. We have to do it for ourselves.”
Guardiola then turned the attention to this weekend’s derby against Manchester United – a team, coincidentally, who Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had previously implied also received so-called help in the form of penalties awarded.
Hailing the derby as “the most important game ever”, Guardiola insisted that his side were more than ready to take on their neighbours, who needed yet another last-gasp Cristiano Ronaldo goal to rescue a point against Atalanta the day before.
In fact, Guardiola was so confident in his side’s ability to match United, he declared that they would be ready to take them on “tomorrow” if needed.
“If it (the Manchester derby) was tomorrow we would play tomorrow,” said Guardiola. “I didn't see the United match [against Atalanta], I'm going to analyse and to see what they are so I know how good they are.
“We saw it last season. They have one of the best players in history (Ronaldo), a guy who can be a scoring machine.”
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The other English team to be involved in the Champions League today was Liverpool, who beat Atletico Madrid 2-0 to book their place in the knockout rounds.