Pep Guardiola celebrates Man City’s victory vs UEFA
The day after Man City’s victory at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Pep Guardiola faced the press ahead of his side’s meeting with Bournemouth on Wednesday.
Guardiola was asked for his reaction to Man City’s legal success in overturning their UEFA ban.
And the Spaniard hailed the Sky Blues for having always behaved in a right and proper manner. He said:
Yesterday was a good day for football.
I’m incredibly happy for the decision. It shows everything that people said about the club was not true. We will defend on the pitch what we won on the pitch.
Like I said many times, if we did something wrong we would accept the decision of UEFA and CAS because we did something wrong. We can defend ourselves. We have the right to defend ourselves when we believe what we have done is correct.
If we had broken FFP, we would have been banned but we have to defend ourselves – we were right. People said we were cheating, lying and the presumption of innocence was not there. When we were proved right we were incredibly happy.
But we have the right to defend when we believe what we have done is correct and three independent judges said this. Today is a good day, yesterday was a good day for football because we play by the same rules as all the clubs in Europe.
PEP 💬 and after if you beat us, we will shake hands and congratulate them. They lost off the pitch. They have to go on the pitch and beat us, that’s sport.
We can play in the #UCL next season because what we have done is right, is proper.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 14, 2020
Man United & Liverpool have to ‘accept’ the CAS judgment
Guardiola also went on the attack against some of his Premier League rivals:
We should be apologised to because if we did something wrong we will accept the decision from UEFA because we did something wrong but we don’t expect Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea or Wolves to defend us.
It would be nice but I don’t think so [people now stopping saying negative things about Man City].
Guardiola: I’m incredibly happy for the decision. It shows all that people said about the club wasn’t true. We should be apologised to. Yesterday was a good day for football #MCFC pic.twitter.com/e1QVBl8jnF
— Andy Hampson (@andyhampson) July 14, 2020
They lost off the pitch. They have to go on the pitch and try to beat us. If we did something wrong, I accept our ban. They showed we played by the same rules of all the clubs.
We can play in the Champions League next season because what we have done is right. They have to accept it, go on the pitch and play against us.
I know for the elite clubs like [Manchester] United, Liverpool, and Arsenal it is uncomfortable for them. We don’t have to ask for permission to be there. We deserve to be there. Guys – accept it.
🗣 “Jose and all the managers should know we were damaged, we should be apologised to. We don’t expect Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea or Wolves to defend us”
Pep Guardiola responds to Jose Mourinho’s comments about City pic.twitter.com/nsHsbMWxnw
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) July 14, 2020
Watch the full Pep Guardiola press conference
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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