Last January, Pep Guardiola strongly opposed a plan for a closed league to replace the Champions League. Four months later, Manchester City are one of 12 clubs at the heart of the Super League project.
Diving into recent archives brings back statements that take on a new dimension today. Last January, Pep Guardiola said he was opposed to the creation of a closed European league, like the Super League project, unveiled on Sunday by twelve big clubs. “We cannot make the national championships lose their meaning, but rather make them stronger. Strengthen the Premier League, the Championship, League One…”, the Manchester City coach said in a press conference. found by the Mundo Deportivo. “You have to go for quality and not for quantity. Instead of making a Super League, you have to make a Super Premier League. But you cannot kill the lower divisions,” continued the Citizens coach.
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A few months later, his Manchester City club decided to take part in the Super League project, along with 11 other clubs (Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Barcelona, Real, Atlético, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus). This new competition, created to compete with the Champions League, has been the subject of much criticism for 24 hours. From the supporters of course, but also from certain players such as Parisian Ander Herrera, Mesut Özil or Bruno Fernandes, a Manchester United player and therefore directly concerned by this new competition.
For its part, UEFA has decided to counter-attack and threaten players who participate in the Super League to be banned from the Euro and the World Cup. The European body has also announced that it will study the possibility of excluding dissident clubs from the current Champions League. Manchester City and Pep Guardiola therefore find themselves at the heart of the debate as they face PSG in the C1 semi-final (April 28 and May 4 on RMC Sport 1).