Pep Guardiola has compared the perception of Manchester City spending money to that of Liverpool and Manchester United.
Over the last five years, Liverpool have a net spend of £197.2m compared to that of Man City’s, whose net spend is £433.8m over the same period.
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Man City, meanwhile, continues to be criticized over spending large sums of money with the club controversially owned by Sheikh Mansour of the United Arab Emirates.
And Guardiola has hit back at Liverpool fans and the media over their perception of City’s spending compared to that of their own or other clubs.
Guardiola said: “For the people it’s just money, ok, if you want to think about that, think about that. I know exactly what I’m working for here and I say ‘ok, don’t give me credit, don’t give us credit but let us give ourselves credit. As a manager, to give to my players and my staff [credit].””
When asked why he thinks there is “snobbery around the money” at City, Guardiola said: “Listen, when Liverpool in the 70s or 80s [were winning titles] who spent more money? Was it Norwich? Did Norwich spend more money in that period?
“Did Leicester spend more money? No, they [Liverpool] spend more money than the other ones. But the money then is completely different than now.”
🗣 “The money for them is completely different.”
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Asked why that is, Guardiola added: “I say I’m going to change that. So when we put here [points to the centre of his torso] Etihad…’oh it’s overpaid’. But now United and Liverpool or whatever is going to pay maybe more because they are working well, because the CEO negotiates well, because whatever happened.
“Then more? Because it’s from the United States of America or another country [where the owners are from]. So now it’s perfect. So that’s why it’s not going to change for a long time, it’s not going to change, that is the reality. The only way we can change is doing well on the pitch.”