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Spanish Journalist Bizarrely Asks Pep Guardiola If Manchester City Will Give Real Madrid A Guard Of Honour

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Spanish Journalist Bizarrely Asks Pep Guardiola If Manchester City Will Give Real Madrid A Guard Of Honour

Pep Guardiola was left bewildered after a Spanish journalist asked him whether Manchester City will give Real Madrid a guard of honour when they meet on Wednesday night.

City travel to face Madrid at the Bernabeu in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final, with the Premier League side holding a narrow 4-3 lead from the first leg at the Etihad.

Madrid head into the match as Spanish champions, having clinched the La Liga title with a 4-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday.

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While holding his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Guardiola was bizarrely asked by a member of the Spanish press if City will give Madrid a guard of honour.

The act, which is performed by teams as a mark of respect to newly-crowned champions, is typically reserved for domestic league competitions.

"Will you give Madrid the guard of honour for winning La Liga?," asked the Spanish journalist.

Former Barcelona manager Guardiola responded: "I don't have an opinion on that."

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After being pressed for an answer, Guardiola responded: "I understand that you ask me something about the league, about Real Madrid becoming champions.

"As spokesman for this club, which is what I am, we congratulate them, but this is the Champions League."

While they will almost certainly not receive a guard of honour from City, Madrid may also have to go without one when they visit bitter rivals Atletico Madrid in La Liga on Sunday.

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Atletico defender Jose Gimenez has suggested the home side won't perform the gesture at the Wanda Metropolitano.

City hold a 4-3 lead over Madrid heading into their Champions League semi-final second leg (Image: PA)
City hold a 4-3 lead over Madrid heading into their Champions League semi-final second leg (Image: PA)

"A guard of honour to Real Madrid? We congratulate them, but we have a lot of respect for our fans," said Gimenez.

Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak has also expressed his opposition to performing the act.

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"As captain, I'm one of those who doesn't like to give or receive the guard of honour," said Oblak.

"The club will decide and we'll do whatever is necessary."

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Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: Real Madrid, Manchester City, Football, La Liga, Pep Guardiola, Champions League

Rory O'Callaghan
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