I have no respect for Arsenal off the pitch - Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola during a home match at Etihad
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Ernest Sunday

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has stated that he does not have much respect for Arsenal off the pitch instead inside the pitch.

Guardiola who is regarded as one of the best coaches in the world saw his side (Manchester City) suffer a loss in the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal team lead by his former assistant Mikel Arteta. The game went on 2-0 in favour of the London club (Arsenal) with both goals coming from Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who scored solo goals for the gunners.

Guardiola's team were unable to defend the domestic cup as they were the defending champion in 2018/2019 season. The city manager was furious about their inability of his team to defend the FA Cup and took a deep rant on Arsenal.

Guardiola said: “The opponents always deserve my respect and credit, and Arsenal, they have it.

“I have all the respect for what Arsenal are on the pitch – not much off the pitch, but on the pitch a lot. So I congratulate them and good luck against Chelsea in the final.”

Next season will see Guardiola stay in England for the fifth year, the longest he has ever stayed in a club throughout his managing career.

He said: “It’s a challenge for me, I’ve never been five years in one club, to see if we will be able to maintain the levels that we have in the previous seasons.

“In one world where everyone sacks everyone, for managers to keep doing the same job for a long time is so difficult. To be in the fifth season makes me so proud.”

Guardiola has also congratulated Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa as he led the club to the Premier League for the first time in sixteen years (2004).

Guardiola said: “I was lucky to have the opportunity to talk with him (Bielsa). For world football, his ethics, his behaviour, the way his team plays – he is an authentic manager; his product is always incredible. Nobody can imitate him, and that makes him special.

“Congratulations, not just to Marcelo Bielsa, but all Leeds. It is a historic team, after 16 years they are coming back, and it will be good to go to play in that stadium against them.”

Leeds were promoted on Friday after Huddersfield defeated West Brom in a 2-1 victory. The club went on to win the Championship title when Brentford lost to Stoke on Saturday.

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