Pep Guardiola Rants Over Two Year Old Richard Scudamore Statement About Manchester City
Pep Guardiola has aimed a bizarre rant at Richard Scudamore. Because the former Premier League chief said Manchester City's dominance of the league was bad for the tournament, nearly two years ago.
City's 2-0 loss on Sunday afternoon left them 22 points behind league leaders Liverpool, meaning Jurgen Klopp's side would have to lose eight of their next 13 games, with Guardiola's team winning every game, to throw away the title.
Following the match Guardiola decided to rant about the Reds' dominance of the league but in a bizarre twist referenced something Scudamore said in 2018, "The last two seasons, the owner of the Premier League said that [City running away with the league] cannot happen again and it was not good for City to win the titles in that way. So now it's Liverpool. Now the owner of the Premier League must be concerned." Pep told reporters.
When City had won the title by 19 points and earned 100 points in the season Scudamore took a moment to say the league would have prefered things going down to the wire, saying, "It doesn't take away from City's excellence, but we want the season to go to the last.
"I'd like multiple trophies needed in various locations on the last day because we don't know how it will end. I'd like someone to get a little bit closer to Manchester City."
Whilst the former league chief, who left his role in November 2018 after four years in charge, could be criticised for a lot his comments about City seemed pretty spot on and he'd no doubt feel the same now.
The title race was far more interesting last season with Guardiola's side beating Jurgen Klopp's team by just a point and everything going down to the wire.
Equally City's last minute win against QPR in the 2011/12 title race is remembered fondly by everyone outside of Old Trafford as one of the best Premier League moments and title races.
Goals from Steven Bergwijn and Son Heung-min coupled with City's wastefulness left the champion's title defence in complete tatters.
Guardiola admitted defeat in the title adding, "We are far away, they are unstoppable, they've won a lot of points, we dropped points in games similar to today, like when we played at Anfield. Now is target for the competitions and qualify for the Champions League next season.
"Two seasons ago, we had 100 points, we broke records and finished 19 ahead of Mourinho (when in charge of Man United), last year we finished ahead of Liverpool who were strong. Today is the not day to ask what we have to do next."