Pep Guardiola issues sarcastic response to Gary Neville after Man Utd legend labelled Man City 'boring'

Pep Guardiola issues sarcastic response to Gary Neville after Man Utd legend labelled Man City 'boring'

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Lewis Winter

By Lewis Winter

Published: 17/02/2024

- 08:58

The City boss has defended his team after Neville's recent comments

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola sarcastically thanked Gary Neville after he claimed he was 'bored' by the treble winners.

City cruised to a 3-1 win in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Copenhagen on Tuesday and Neville chose not to watch the game.

The Manchester United legend said on the Stick to Football podcast that City have 'ruined' the jeopardy of most of the matches they play in, which differed from the teams he used to play in at Old Trafford.

He said: "I didn’t switch Manchester City, on Tuesday night. I felt a bit bored. I saw a post from a Liverpool fan that said he watched every single one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United games in the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola and Gary Neville

Pep Guardiola sarcastically thanked Gary Neville after the Man Utd legend called Man City boring


"There was that feeling that there was always going to be excitement one way or the other – they’d lose, or they’d win and the game would be exciting.

"You just can’t watch City - it’s almost like they’ve ruined it a little bit."

Neville's opinion was put to Guardiola at his press conference on Friday ahead of Saturday's match against Chelsea.

And the Spaniard insisted he had no problem with the comments and thanked Neville for his opinion.

Guardiola responded: "What can I say? It's so fine. Thank you [Neville] for the compliment.

"Everything is so difficult in football. We do many things to try to win games for many years. What this group of players have done for many years, this season as well, is admirable.

"It’s hats off to my players because it’s unbelievable how they are so consistent and the way they take our opponents seriously."

City are in a strong position to win a fourth-successive Premier League title this season.

They are also big favourites to win the Champions League for the second season in a row.

Guardiola feels there is admiration in football for what he and his players have achieved in recent years.

He added: "We are admired, I am pretty sure of that, [by] the people in the world of football who know how difficult it is being six or seven years there in all competitions every week.

"I am going to tell you something, in the future you will not forget. It looks easy, but it's not. Remember that sentence: it looks easy but it's not. The opponents respect us.

"Sometimes [for] people it is not enough what we are doing, but I know how difficult it is.

"The opponents respect us. Always I said the same, sometimes it’s not enough but I know how difficult it is.


Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has no problem with Gary Neville's comments about Man City


"To win the treble and still we are there and see how we fought for each other.

"Before the 1-3 in Copenhagen we had many chances and the mentality we had to go and go. At the end it depends on us.

"People perceive it and it doesn’t matter. In football, they know it. It’s important to feel it for ourselves not for compliments from outside.

"We are happy with what we have done this year and we know it will be extremely difficult in the last few months. We start tomorrow."

Jamie Carragher agreed with Neville that there is a lack of jeopardy when City play as they are so dominant over many of their opponents.

Pep Guardiola

Man City cruised to victory over Copenhagen in the Champions League this week


Guardiola says it is not his problem if some people don't appreciate what they are achieving.

He said: "It depends on us and how satisfied we are - that is what belongs to us.

"If people don't appreciate it, it doesn't matter. It's not a big, big problem.

"We are still here, the importance is to feel still for ourselves. Not because of the compliments from outside or the regrets from outside."

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