Pep Guardiola hammered plans for the European Super League by strongly stating that ‘sport is not sport when it doesn’t matter if you lose’.
The Manchester City manager tackled the issue head on, confirming he only found out of the developments on Sunday and rebuked ringleaders for a lack of clarity.
Guardiola took aim at UEFA for pushing elite clubs to the brink of a breakaway but has been left dumbfounded by the concept that City have signed their name to.
‘It is not a sport where the relation between effort and success does not exist,’ he said. ‘It is not a sport where success is already guaranteed or it doesn’t matter where you lose.
‘The right people have the obligation, the duty, to clarify as soon as possible, clarify all around the world why these teams play and the others not. Ajax – with four Champions Leagues – why they are not there?
‘Everyone makes (decisions for their) own interest. The Premier League looks at his interest, UEFA looks at his. To arrive in that point, Uefa have failed. They have to communicate and be in touch before.’
Guardiola sarcastically claimed ‘it is an honour’ that he was the first person employed by City to publicly discuss the proposals.
The Catalan added he had been left uneasy by the situation.
‘For all of us managers, it is uncomfortable,’ he said. ‘Presidents can talk more clear what is the idea for the future and where football is going to go.
‘It is not yet breathing, it is an embryo that is not yet breathing, it is just a statement.
‘I would love the president go all around the world and say what is the reason we took this decision. I support this club and I am part of the club but also I have my own opinion.’
City were one of six English teams confirmed on Sunday night to have signed up to the proposal for a breakaway league along with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus.
‘I would love the president (Florentino Perez) and this committee to go out around the world and say what is the reason why they took this decision.’
Reports on Tuesday detailed that City are seen as one of the most likely English teams to produce a u-turn on their involvement – a sentiment shared by Neville.
Gary Neville feels Manchester City are ‘most likely to crack’ and back out of the Super LeagueManchester City owner Sheikh Mansour (right) is building ‘a legacy’ and Neville is convinced that the club will not jeopardise that by going through with plans for the Super League
Neville tweeted: ‘(Manchester United owner) Joel Glazer won’t turn easily! Jurgen Klopp and the senior players could turn FSG. Man City most likely to crack. This isn’t for them! The other 3 will follow the lead of others.’
Neville’s tweet on Tuesday follows on from comments he made on Sky Sports‘ Monday Night Football show where he shared his belief that City’s owners would not risk their ‘legacy’ by joining a breakaway competition.
‘Why will the Abu Dhabi people build a network of football? What they have done is unbelievable to the east of Manchester,’ Neville said on Monday night.
‘They created a legacy around there, arguably for marketing purposes. Why are they doing this? They don’t need money, they have got Pep [Guardiola], the most amazing manager. City must fold.’
Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with representatives from the Football Association, the Premier League and football fan groups this morning to discuss action against the proposed European Super League.
Johnson, alongside Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, reiterated his unwavering support for the football authorities and confirmed they have the government’s full backing to take whatever action necessary to put a stop to these plans.
The Prime Minister continued to express his full support to prevent a closed shop and said that they are exploring all options, including the introduction of laws to stop it going through.