PEP GUARDIOLA has suggested he picked Manchester City over Chelsea because of the sacking culture at the London club.
Guardiola’s Manchester City have piled the pressure on Maurizio Sarri by inflicting a humiliating 6-0 defeat at the Etihad yesterday.
And Guardiola was asked about his counterpart at the end of the game revealing he enjoyed the freedom he is allowed at City – and suggested that’s what allows him to be successful.
City had a difficult first season under Guardiola but then won the title in his second and are on course to do the same this year.
However Chelsea are famed for giving managers the boot at the first sign of trouble and are onto their 11th permanent manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was desperate to appoint Guardiola in west London, dreaming of a team who could play with the style his Barcelona side did.
But Guardiola first joined Bayern Munich and then eventually City when he did come to England.
Manchester United were also keen on Guardiola, with Sir Alex Ferguson meeting him in New York before he chose City, partly to do with his links to the Spaniards already at the club.
“People don’t understand how difficult the first year can be,” Guardiola said.
“People need time, it only depends on the owners, the people in charge need to believe.
“I came to Manchester City because the bosses, chairman and Txiki (Begiristain), he knows me.
“He doesn’t believe I’m bad when we lose and good when we win.
“That’s why I’m enjoying it in Manchester.”
Guardiola built his name at Barca and was constantly linked with a move to the Premier League when the time came for him to leave.
‘Pep Stalk’ was the Sun’s headline from a story reporting that Chelsea were ready for Guardiola to name his price.
And Oliver Kay from the Times discussed Chelsea’s obsession with Guardiola on the Sunday Supplement on Sky Sports in February 2016.
“Allegri and Conte are the two names buzzing around. Guardiola is the guy Abramovich has been obsessed with for as long as Man City have,” said Kay.
“When it came to it, they were not in the position to get him because they’ve made themselves look an unappealing proposition.
“Allegri is a completely different type of manager. He’s obviously a very good manager, but they have been obsessed with Guardiola for a long, long time.
“When are Chelsea going to appoint that manager that sees them through three years, let alone 18 months? It just seems with Chelsea that it’s always a case of: ‘Who is available?’ rather than having a plan.”
And now, with Sarri on the ropes, calls are coming for the Italian to be dismissed after just half a season.
Sarri’s side slipped out of the top four with the defeat after Manchester United beat Fulham 3-0 on Saturday.
And Chris Sutton thinks the players aren’t working for the Italian.
“He’s stubborn and I there are questions over Sarri,” Sutton told the BBC’s 606.
“This is the same Sarri who said not so long back that he can’t motivate his players.
“And if you’re the owner of the club, what are you thinking?
“Today (Sunday), did all the players give it their all? Well, I’m not so sure they did.”
Former UEFA President Michel Platini All Smiles As Is Released From Custody After Arrest Over Corruption In Football | PHOTOS
Former UEFA president, Michel Platini has been released this morning after being questioned as part of a corruption investigation into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
The former star midfielder for France and Juventus who was all smiles as he left the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police (OCLCIFF) in France said he was asked several questions about tournaments, including the 2016 European Championship, the World Cups in Russia in 2018 and in Qatar in 2022.
‘It hurts. It hurts for everything I can think of, everything I’ve done. It hurts, it hurts. But after all, they did their job and then we tried to answer all the questions,’ he said.
The investigators also asked about French club Paris Saint-Germain, which was bought by Qatar in 2011.
Investigators are thought to be particularly interested in a lunch that Platini attended in 2010 with then-President Nicolas Sarkozy, the Emir of Qatar and his foreign minister shortly before the 2022 World Cup was awarded.
According to Daily Mail, Platini had a hand in deciding where these tournaments would be played as the president of UEFA and as a vice-president at world soccer governing body FIFA.
Platini had denied any wrongdoing and French authorities did not announce any charges against the former France and Juventus player.
‘It was long, but given the number of questions it could not be different,’ Platini said after his release.
‘I feel totally foreign to any of these matters. This is an old affair, you know it, we explained it. I have always expressed myself with full transparency in all the newspapers. That’s it, it goes on, they investigate, they search.’
William Bourdon, Platini’s lawyer, said his client was innocent of all charges and that he had been questioned on ‘technical grounds.’
I Want To Go Home, Where I Should Never Have Left : Neymar Says He Wants To Return To Barcelona
Brazilian football star, Neymar has told his current club Paris Saint-Germain that he ‘wants to go’ back to Barcelona, where he should ‘never have left’.
Back in 2017, the 27-year-old footballer swapped Barcelona for PSG in a world-record fee of £198million to become the world’s most expensive player. Now his future with the Ligue 1 champions look like is close to coming to an end following a series of issues between himself and the club.
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, as report Mundo Deportivo, is said to be exasperated by the ‘problems’ Neymar creates in the dressing room and is not against a potential departure.
The 27-year-old footballer has now made private feelings about wanting a move back to Barcelona, where he admitted he shouldn’t have left.
Neymar is reported to have told PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi: ‘I do not want to play more in PSG. I want to go back to my house, where I should never have left.’
Further to Neymar’s desire to return to the Nou Camp this summer, Lionel Messi wants to see the Brazilian come back, according to El Mundo.
Their report details that the Catalan giants could try to ‘transfer their existing agreement for Atletico Madrid ace Antoine Griezmann’ directly to PSG, in a bid to secure Neymar.
This comes days after PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi took a swipe at Neymar over his behavior.
Speaking in an interview with France Football, Al-Khelaifi, who took over PSG eight years ago,he said: ‘I want players willing to give everything to defend the honour of the jersey and to join the club project,’ he said in an interview with France Football.
‘Those who do not want, or do not understand, we see each other and we talk to each other.
‘There are of course contracts to be respected, but the priority now is total membership of our project. Nobody forced him to sign here. Nobody pushed him. He came knowingly to join a project.’
Jon Benjamin Sends Nana Aba A Hilarious Birthday Wish
Former British High commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin has sent Jon a hilarious birthday wish to GHone Tv’s News editor, Nana Aba Anamoah. She celebrates her birthday today the 19th of June, 2019. Nana Aba is, however, unwilling to reveal her birthday but it is believed that she is in her mid-thirties.
Many celebrities have sent her birthday wishes but one particular message, Jon Benjamin’s message has caught our attention. The hilarious diplomat took to his twitter to wish Nana Aba a happy birthday, he wrote;
”A very happy birthday to the wondrous @thenanaaba who is 24 today, though Sannie Daara showed me a freshly bought birth certificate proving that her football age is still only 18”
Nana is a TV host and journalist from Ghana. She had previously been working for TV3 before a controversial photo-shopped picture of her claiming to be at a game featuring Manchester United hit the internet. The picture caused so many rumbles online that she decided to quit from TV3 after she was suspended from the network. She later moved to GH One where she works today.
Happy birthday Nana Aba.
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