Pep Guardiola apologizes to journalist for difficulty supporting Man United

Pep Guardiola apologizes to journalist for difficulty supporting Man United

A smiling Pep Guardiola jokingly apologized to a Manchester United-backing reporter for difficulty keeping up with City’s rivals, and doubled down on his claim that “everyone” in the country supports Liverpool.

City moved three points clear at the top of the Premier League after beating Newcastle 5-0 at the Etihad, a remarkable performance which also saw them add to their advantage in the goal difference column. Guardiola, however, was unhappy.

Indeed, during his series of post-match interviews, he complained about how the whole nation threw its weight behind Jurgen Klopp’s high-flyers instead.

A smiling Pep Guardiola jokingly apologized to a reporter supporting Manchester United

United are officially excluded from the Champions League race after a miserable and humiliating season

And while addressing reporters at his press conference, he even lightly suggested that one of them supported Liverpool, before being corrected.

Guardiola was asked if he was “ecstatic” with his team’s performance and, with a smile on his face, replied: “Do you have any doubts?” Yes, you are a Liverpool fan. Go on.’

He was then told that the reporter was more of a follower of City and Liverpool’s arch-rivals United, an admission that prompted several laughs in the room.

Manchester City are in Premier League pole position after beating Newcastle 5-0

But despite the emphatic victory, Guardiola complained that ‘everyone’ is supporting Liverpool instead

Lightning quick, Guardiola then simply said, “I’m sorry, James.”

United have endured a nightmarish campaign this year, having been officially dropped from the Champions League race and being dogged by dressing room unrest.

They have already announced the imminent arrival of Erik ten Hag as their new permanent manager, and it is likely that they will be looking to empty the decks this summer.

City, meanwhile, are hoping to avoid a rare season without trophies as they fight for the top flight. They were able to capitalize on Liverpool’s draw with Tottenham.

Bullish manager Guardiola thinks his team winning the title would upset the whole country

The defending champions will clinch a fourth title in five years if they win their three remaining matches, starting with Wolves on Wednesday night.

And boss Guardiola believes that scenario would upset the public.

“Everyone in this country supports Liverpool, the media and everyone, of course, because Liverpool have an incredible history in European competition,” he said.

“But we have been doing this for 10, 11, 12 years. I know we are sometimes uncomfortable, but I don’t care.

Defending champions City will clinch a fourth title in five years if they win their remaining matches

“People want Liverpool to win more than us. This is not a problem. It’s normal.

“Maybe they have more supporters around the world and maybe in England they support Liverpool more than we do.”

“But the question is today.

“People were cheering and supporting us before the game started – they know that even being out of the Champions League we can count on these players.

Their next league clash against Wolves has been described as a ‘real, real’ final by Guardiola

“We need nine points or maybe six right now, it depends on what happens in the next two games in terms of goal difference.

“But now Wednesday at Wolves is the real, real final for us. We will try to win there. Our destiny is in our hands.

In a blow, however, Guardiola has confirmed that key defenders Ruben Dias, John Stones and Kyle Walker will no longer play a role in the title chase.

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