Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has suggested that he needs to spend big again this summer to compete at the highest level of football.
The side were knocked out of the Champions League by Liverpool on Tuesday after another loss in the second leg.
Jurgen Klopp’s side won the clash 5-1 on aggregate as they sent City packing back to the Premier League.
Safe to say, fans and Pep Guardiola were not very happy, with the Catalan boss even being sent to the stands during the game.
That came after a City goal was incorrectly ruled out for offside and Pep confronted the referee at halftime.
Some might say, we will find a brighter day.
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— Manchester City (@ManCity) April 10, 2018
Summer spending spree
Now, even after spending close to £500million on players since his arrival, the Catalan boss has suggested he needs to spend more.
‘It is impossible to do that, to play the way we play, the results we achieved, without top players. It’s impossible.’ he explained.
‘And today the top players cost a lot of money.
‘When you say: “Pep, what you have done in Barcelona or Bayern Munich is it possible to do that without those big players?” No, it’s impossible, so be calm.
‘We need money to buy and to play at that level all the time.
‘Only I would say that all the teams around the world – maybe in two years we spent more – but over an average of five or 10 years, a lot of teams spend a lot of money.
‘After that, it’s the way we play, the idea we play, that is personal to the way we decide as managers, that you can compare.
‘But to achieve these results you need this investment.
‘If not you need miracles and I am not able to do that.’
Money spent since 2008:
Man City £1.26b
Man United £811m
Who achieved the most in the past 10 years?
— Football Super Tips (@FootySuperTips) April 9, 2018