Monday 19 August 2019

'I trust the club' - Pep Guardiola reiterates his backing for Manchester City hierarchy

Pep Guardiola. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Pep Guardiola. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Harry Clarke

Pep Guardiola has reiterated his "trust" in Manchester City's hierarchy amid an ongoing investigation by UEFA over alleged financial fair play breaches.

UEFA's club financial control body chief investigator referred Manchester City to the adjudicatory chamber on Thursday.

"I said many times I trust the club. If UEFA decide we have done something wrong we will be punished," Guardiola said.

"I know people want to find us guilty but we are innocent until proven guilty. Today we are innocent."

Guardiola also responded to criticism the club have faced since a video emerged on social media on Tuesday which appeared to show City players and staff singing a distasteful version of Liverpool's 'Allez, Allez, Allez'.

Guardiola said: "If someone was offended for another issue I apologise, but it wasn't our intention. We were happy for ourselves."

City are bidding to complete an unprecedented domestic treble by beating Watford in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley.

Guardiola said: "If we win tomorrow the season is extraordinary. If we don't I think it's extraordinary. We could have lost the Premier League by a point and the effort would have been the same."

City began the season by winning the Community Shield.

Guardiola said: "To win four titles in one season will be incredible."

Guardiola strongly denied rumours linking him with Juventus earlier in the season and he was again dismissive when asked about the Turin club following news on Friday that Massimiliano Allegri is to leave.

He said: "I'm not going to Juventus or to Italy. I have two more years here. I'm not going to move, I'm satisfied here, I'm not going anywhere. Next season I will be manager of Manchester City."

Guardiola revealed that left-back Benjamin Mendy, who has not featured in the past month, has been absent through injury and will not face Watford.

He said: "He's not fit, he will be fit next season. He's not available for the final."

On the positive side, midfielder Fernandinho trained yesterday and could be in contention.

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