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Man City Accused Of Not Collecting Community Shield Runners-Up Medals, Pep Guardiola Passionately Responds

Daniel Marland

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Man City Accused Of Not Collecting Community Shield Runners-Up Medals, Pep Guardiola Passionately Responds

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Manchester City were accused of refusing to collect their Community Shield runners-up medals after Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool - but manager Pep Guardiola passionately denied the claims.

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The Premier League champions were under par at the King Power Stadium and it is the second year in a row they've lost the annual season opener.

Goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez ensured victory for Liverpool and it's their first Community Shield triumph since 2006.

Naturally, they were keen to celebrate while City's players were desperate to head down the tunnel. According to ITV Sport, they opted to not pick up their medals and instead clapped Liverpool's players while lifting the trophy.

Guardiola was asked in his post-match press conference and he moved quick to squash the rumours.

The interviewer said: "Your players didn’t receive their medals, they didn’t accept the medals…"

Guardiola immediately responded: "Of course we accepted the medals."

That saw the interviewer claim: "It wasn’t easy to see…"

It isn't the first time City have been involved in a saga regarding runners-up medals.

Guardiola was ruthlessly mocked for kissing his Champions League runners-up prize after losing the 2021 final to Chelsea last May.

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

Liverpool looked the fitter of the two sides having played four pre-season games compared to City's two.

City did grow into the contest however and had chances through Erling Haaland and Phil Foden.

Guardiola said he was proud of his players and commended their second half performance.

He continued: "Congratulations to Liverpool. The first 15-20 minutes they were better and after we got our game going it was quite similar (between the teams) in the last 20-25 minutes (of the first half), we arrive when they leave the space.

"The second half we started really well, our game was there, we were really good against this team, confident and creating enough chances to do it, then they make the transition and the penalty and after was more difficult.

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

"We have two weeks and little bit since we start (pre-season) so we cannot expect too much.

"I said to the players how proud I was. We have to improve and the timing is not much what we have to do. We need this month along with training to get our tempo and we will do it."

Topics: Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, Liverpool, Community Shield

Daniel Marland
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