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Guardiola denied Juventus' move, apologizing for the Liverpool Man City song



"We celebrate for ourselves. We love to win the Premier League. It's very difficult to fight an extraordinary opponent, "said Man City boss Pep Guardiola about singing on the bus. Photo: Reuters

Pep Guardiola insists that he has full confidence in his boss at Manchester City ahead of UEFA's decision about their participation in the Champions League, as his team prepares for the FA Cup final this weekend against Watford.

City have been referred to the UEFA courtroom for alleged violations of financial play rules (FFP), which if found guilty they could face expulsion from the Champions League.

It was a bit overshadowed by City's second consecutive Premier League title last Sunday, while Saturday's victory at Wembley would secure a historic domestic treble, but Guardiola criticized how his club had been condemned by many.

"I believe in clubs and people," he said. "I know we won the Premier League, and in the last two or three days, people only talked about this (alleged violations).

"If we do something wrong and UEFA decides that we did something wrong, we will be punished or whatever they decide.

"I know people are waiting for us to be guilty. But we are not guilty at this time.

"Sometimes it's hard to understand for everyone, because that doesn't always happen all over the world, but we are innocent until proven otherwise."

Guardiola said he would leave arguments to the club's lawyers.

"We will accept it, but I have talked with the Chair and the CEO. I know exactly what they are doing, and I believe a lot of them, "said the 48-year-old Spaniard.

"UEFA is now working with lawyers for Manchester City. Manchester City is open to exposing all documents, all documents and everything they have done.

"I'm not a lawyer. I do not know what will happen behind the scenes in all the meetings they do.

"Today, we are innocent. We will see in the future. "

When Guardiola prepared for the match against Watford, he also had to defend his players and room staff behind him.

The footage emerged from City's private plane returning from Brighton on Sunday from a song sung, which had offended people connected to Liverpool because the lyrics spoke of them as "victims" and "becoming battered on the streets".

Some say the lyrics refer to the Hillsborough tragedy, and the stabbing of Liverpool fans Sean Cox before last year's Champions League semi-final against Roma.

However, Guardiola has apologized, and insisted there was no intention to mock their Premier League rivals, who maintained the title race until the final day of the season to finish one point clear of City.

"We are happy for ourselves, not because of us for others, so if someone is offended because of another problem, I apologize," he said.

"I'm sorry, but that's not our intention.

"We celebrate for ourselves. We love to win the Premier League. Very difficult against extraordinary opponents. "

Guardiola has the opportunity to lead City to a treble that is unprecedented if he can land the FA Cup to continue the league title and League Cup.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager considered it a possible "mini quadruple", after winning the Community Shield which opened the season back in August.

But he still has to conquer the Champions League with his current club.

The striking omission of his CV is why he must have denied denying a move to Juventus on the day announced Massimiliano Allegri will leave the Turin giants at the end of the season.

"How many times do I have to say, I'm not going to Juventus," he said. "I will not move to Italy.

"I stay here two more seasons, if they want me.

"I have a contract. I am satisfied working here with this club and with these people. I'm not going anywhere, that's what I feel today. "

AFP


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