Pep Guardiola had a lot to say this press time.
He spoke about CAS decision, UCL, and so much more.
Let’s dive in-
“I’m incredibly happy for the decision. It shows everything that people said about the club was not true. We will defend on the pitch what we won on the pitch.”
“Yesterday was a good day for football”
“Like I said many times, if we did something wrong we would accept the decision of UEFA and CAS because we did something wrong. We can defend ourselves. We have the right to defend ourselves when we believe what we have done is correct.”
Pep Guardiola reacting to Mourinho/Klopp:
“We should be apologised to because if we did something wrong we will accept the decision from UEFA because we did something wrong but we don’t expect Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea or Wolves to defend us...”
“But we have the right to defend when we believe what we have done is correct and three independent judges said this. Today is a good day, yesterday was a good day for football because we play by the same rules as all the clubs in Europe...”
“If we had broken FFP, we would have been banned but we have to defend ourselves - we were right. People said we were cheating, lying and the presumption of innocence was not there. When we were proved right we were incredibly happy.”
“It would be nice but I don’t think so [people now stopping saying negative things about Man City”
Pep Guardiola on rivals ‘whispering’ about Man City
“They lost off the pitch. They have to go on the pitch and try to beat us. If we did something wrong, I accept our ban.
They showed we played by the same rules of all the clubs.”
“We can play in the Champions League next season because what we have done is right. They have to accept it, go on the pitch and play against us.”
Pep Guardiola on staying beyond 2021:
“My opinion hasn’t changed. Maybe I would be able to stay longer but people cannot understand how difficult it was for everyone as a club being under suspicion. Now we have proven it, we go again on the pitch.”
“Now is not the time. We have one month in front of us. One year for a manager is a long time and the decisions we thought to do before the sentence was quite similar now. I was happy before and now. We have time to talk...”
Pep Guardiola on plans for the summer:
“Now is a normal situation like every season. If we were banned and the situation was uncertain, I don’t know what would have happened. My personal situation was clear, I would have stayed here...”
“But we have an incredible four or five weeks ahead of us now and if we are good enough to beat Arsenal we have the FA Cup and then we have time to think about it.”
Pep Guardiola responding to Javier Tebas:
“Normally when the sentence is good for him it is perfect, but when it is against the problem is for the other ones. We will be in the Champions League next season, Senor Tebas, because what we did we did it properly.”
“I know for the elite clubs like [Manchester] United, Liverpool, and Arsenal it is uncomfortable for them. We don’t have to ask for permission to be there. We deserve to be there. Guys - accept it.”
“There are incredible people in this organisation working to make us better. When we lose, I will shake my hands and congratulate them but all the time we have done. Guys, accept it. We want to be here and we tried...”
“Sometimes we win, sometimes not but they have to understand it. Don’t whisper and go behind our backs, do it on the pitch.”
What a press conference!
Per press pool, Pep Guardiola was asked no questions about the upcoming game against Bournemouth.
Thoughts on the many topics he touched?