Tuesday, 21 July 2020

I only respect Arsenal in the pitch, but off the pitch, not at all- City coach, Pep Guardiola reveals

This comes after his side lost to Arsenal 2-0 in the FA cup semi final played on Saturday (July 19, 2020) at the Wembly stadium.
Reacting to the defeat, Pep said: “Opponents always deserve my respect and credit. I have all the respect for what Arsenal are on the pitch. Not much off the pitch, but on the pitch, a lot.

But we understand the anger has a relationship with City’s initial two year European ban which was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) on 13 July. City allegedly understood to believe Arsenal were a chief instigator behind a collective request by eight Premier League clubs for Cas not to allow a delay to the ban pending appeal, BBC football reports.
As the case was decided before the end of the season, no delay was needed.
Some senior figures within the game are annoyed City had their punishment for Financial Fair Play regulation breaches reduced, while the club are angry at the behaviour of some of their rivals. Last week, Guardiola demanded an apology and told clubs to stop "whispering" about City behind their backs.
Chelsea, Burnley, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham and Wolves were the other seven top-flight clubs involved in the collective approach to Cas.