Pep Guardiola belittles Liverpool by comparing the Champions League with gambling at the Casino ahead of their Community Shield match.
Manchester City and Liverpool will take on each other in what is traditionally the curtain raiser for English football. However, Pep Guardiola is ready for a fight and the boxing gloves have already come off.
The Spaniard guided Manchester City to an unprecedented domestic treble last season. Liverpool gave them a good chase but, in the end, City ensured that the trophy would stay in their cabinet. Jurgen Klopp’s men however, came through for him in the end as the Reds sealed a 6th European Trophy.
Many would argue that the Champions League holds precedence over the English Premier League. However, Guardiola does not share the same opinion. Instead he believes that the EPL should be held in higher regard than the European Showpiece.
Winning the Premier League makes me happy
In what appears to be a jibe at Liverpool’s achievements, Guardiola compared winning the champions league with gambling everything at the casino ahead of their heavyweight clash.
“Of course, we have to win in Europe because it’s an important tournament and difficult to win,” said Guardiola.
“But I am not going to go to the casino and gamble everything I have in my pocket on just seven games.
“I want to be happy for 11 months – and winning the Premier League makes me happy.
“Why am I going to wait until February for seven games and put everything on black?
“From my point of view, that’s too risky. To maintain the health and focus of the team, it always has to be the Premier League.
“The Premier League is always the most important thing, the stand-out competition, because it is every weekend.
“I think we will be closer to achieving in Europe when we have more Premier League titles. That is the right process at Manchester City.”
Pep “I don’t want to go to the Casino and gamble everything in my pocket. I don’t want it” pic.twitter.com/Rf1MmQbNPQ
— The Pep (@GuardiolaTweets) August 4, 2019
Guardiola does make sense in his assessment. However, he seems to have forgotten that Liverpool ended the league at 2nd place with only a single point separating them. They were just as consistent in the EPL as they were in the Champions League. City had to more matches, having gone all the way in the Capital one league cup and the FA cup. However, just as the Champions League was Liverpool’s gamble, the domestic treble was Guardiola’s casino.
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