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Pep Guardiola Proves Fans Are Living Rent-Free In His Head After 'Fraudiola' Comments

Pep Guardiola Proves Fans Are Living Rent-Free In His Head After 'Fraudiola' Comments

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has fired back at his harshest critics over him being branded as 'Fraudiola.'

The defending Premier League champions suffered a shock 3-2 defeat at Norwich City on Saturday and left them five points behind Liverpool in the table.

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But that didn't stop fans from accusing Guardiola of being a 'fraud' and comparing the performance against the Canaries to his first season in charge at City.

The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona boss has fired back at his critics, who initially questioned if his philosophy would work in England like it did in Spain and Germany.

"They gave me all the prestige I have in England, when the first season when it was Fraud Guardiola, Fraudiola," he said.

"This kind of game here in England -- it's not possible to play because you need to have tackles and you have to play like that -- these players gave me the prestige that I have.

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"And now all around the world people say how good a manager I am -- it's for them, not for me."

City's defeat to Norwich was their first defeat in the league since they took on Newcastle in January.

According to Guardiola, City's loss to Newcastle was completely different from the Norwich defeat and blamed his tactics and errors in the match.

"With Newcastle it was completely different, we scored one goal and we forgot to play, [against Norwich] that didn't happen," he explained.

"We were not precise up front or we made individual mistakes but I am responsible for that, but that is part of the game.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA
Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"Sometimes it happens and the players know it's not necessary to tell them or watch some clips.

"Right now in the locker room, they know they have to improve on that or it will not be possible to compete [for the title]."

Sky Sports recently pointed out that Norwich's starting XI was worth only £6.45m in comparison to City's whopping £406.1m starting XI.

An angry City fan also demanded that Guardiola should be sacked after claiming that the Spaniard has "lost the dressing room."

City will start their Champions League campaign on Wednesday with a trip to Shakhtar Donetsk.

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Featured Image Credit: PA/Sky Sports

Topics: Manchester City, Football News, Football, Pep Guardiola, Premier League, norwich city, Sky Sports, Twitter

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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