Wednesday 12 December 2018

Guardiola hits back

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has sarcastically referred to Gary Neville as a "prestigious pundit" after dismissing criticism of his decision to name only six substitutes last week.

Guardiola also made a disparaging reference to former England defender Neville's brief and unsuccessful spell as manager of Valencia while defending his selection for last Saturday's match at Burnley.

City's manager claimed that he did not have enough players to name a full complement of seven substitutes for the Premier League match at Turf Moor, a decision that Neville described as "a joke".

But Guardiola he was highly critical of Neville's comments, saying: "This guy, the pundit, he has to know my job is serious. It's not a joke, never is it a joke. It's so serious. And he should know that because he was a manager - for a short time."

Asked if he would be prepared to name six substitutes again despite Neville's criticism, Guardiola replied: "I don't know. Management is not a book where every time you do the same things. And of course the prestigious pundit can say whatever he wants. But I take the decisions."

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