Mohamed Salah has hit back at Pep Guardiola for the comments on the Champions League.
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah claims any side in the world would love to win the Champions League more than anything.
The Egyptian and his teams came out on top following a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid. The Reds lifted their Champions League after 14 years, but the Manchester City manager believes that winning the league is tougher than the Champions League.
Pep Guardiola said following the Champions League loss to Spurs in April: “The Champions League is seven games, you can win the Champions League but the league is every three days in the same month.
“I’m sorry but it’s much more important what these guys have done the whole season.”
Salah, who opened the scored in the opening moments of the game against Tottenham Hotspur in Wanda Metropolitano, reckons every coach would love to get their hands on the Champions League, without playing down the significance of the Premier League.
Salah said to CNN: “Honestly, I didn’t know that he [Guardiola] said that, but I think if you give him a choice to choose which one, he would choose the Champions League,”
“That’s my opinion. I’m not talking about him, but my opinion. It’s the biggest competition in football, so everyone wants to win it.
“Every coach, every player wants to win it, dreams of winning it. So, of course, the Premier League also is something big, but still the Champions League is the biggest competition.”
On winning the trophy itself he added: “It’s a dream for everyone, the city, the players, to win a Champions League is something so great and something very big.
“So everyone was having that special moment. I was feeling like a kid whose dream comes true.”
Salah will be in action against Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday. The Egyptian, who shared the dressing room with Frank Lampard, says both the teams want the trophy badly.
He added: “I love these games. Big games and a final game. They want to win with a new coach and we also want to win it.”
Here’s how Twitter has reacted..
In a message to Pep Guardiola, Mohamed Salah says the UEFA Champions League is football’s ‘biggest competition’.
— CNN Sport (@cnnsport) August 14, 2019
— liverpoolnews2019 (@liverpoolnews26) August 14, 2019
“Of course the Premier League also is something big, but still the Champions League is the biggest competition.”
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has a message for Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: https://t.co/m1rN5o4WBo
— CNN International (@cnni) August 14, 2019
🗣 Mohamed Salah on Pep Guardiola’s claims that the Premier League is more important than the Champions League:
— City Xtra (@City_Xtra) August 14, 2019
The rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester City is expected to intensify this season.