Pep Guardiola responds to European Super League and expands on Man City FFP claims

Pep Guardiola said that he expects Manchester City to get punished if they are proved to have done something wrong.

The Blues boss also addressed the plans for a new European Super League, which were also revealed by this week’s Football Leaks revelations.

Guardiola was again asked whether the claims, made in German newspaper Der Spiegel, that City cooked the books to try to evade Uefa’s financial fair play rules, devalues what he and his team have achieved.

He was asked the same question three days earlier, and said that he trusted the club to get it right.

He reiterated that theme, but added the possibility of a punishment – although Uefa are not expected to act.

“I said all that on Tuesday, if they want to undermine what we do then no problem,” he said.

“We live our lives and what we achieve it will remain in our hearts the rest of our lives. After that opinions are opinions.

“Like I said I trust the people at the club and, OK, if there’s something wrong we’ll be punished.

“So whatever FIFA or UEFA say, (if) we were wrong we will have to accept it. But I hear what my club said to me and I trust a lot in them.”

The Football Leaks material also showed that top clubs, including City and United have been having secret talks about the possibility of setting up a European Super League.

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Guardiola’s instinct was to defend the current set-up, but he conceded that such decisions are out of his hands as a coach, nd he would just have to ride with whatever the outcome is.

“I don’t have an opinion about that but I’d like to know the ideas but the Premier League, local leagues, is so important. we cannot deny that.

“Managers, we adapt to what the rules say, if the Premier League says play today and tomorrow, UEFA says be in time. We have meetings but they decide and in the end they will decide what to do.”

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