Pep Guardiola, on the Superliga: “That’s not sport”

“This is not sport,” he said over and over again. Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager, set out, as he had done months ago, his idea that the idea of ​​a European Super League goes against the essence and principles of a sport as popular as football. “I have little information, I don’t know what will end up happening, but what I feel is that it cannot be considered sport when the relationship between effort and reward does not exist; nor when success is guaranteed for a few. Or when it doesn’t matter to lose ”, he explained.

Although City, one of the 12 powerful clubs that have promoted this semi-closed competition project – those 12 founding teams (or 15 according to some sources that indicate that there will be three other invited clubs) would always contest the competition, there would be another five that would qualify each year–, he plays this Thursday against Aston Villa, in the press conference prior to the game there was a lot of talk about football, but little about the 32nd day of the English league.

“I want a competition that is as powerful as possible, especially the Premier League. But it does not seem fair to me that a team works and works to get to the top and cannot qualify because those positions are already guaranteed by other teams. This is not sport. It’s something else, ”Guardiola insisted.

The coach, who was asked again and again about the subject of the week, gave his opinion, although he did not speak through the mouth of the Manchester city club: “I found out a few hours before the statement came out. It is the people in charge of this Super League who have to go out and explain themselves. I don’t have all the answers. I just have some information. I don’t know why these teams have been selected to play this hypothetical competition ”.

He did, however, have words for those who, from the other side, have created a common front with UEFA: “Each one looks out for his own interests. Let them not say that this is for the good of all. UEFA has to understand that it has failed. It is also his fault. Lewandowski missed the Champions League because he had to play for Poland in March, ”he said with some indignation.

City will play the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday next week in Paris against PSG, one of the clubs that, for the moment, has been left out of that controversial Super League.

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