Pep Guardiola faced the press on Tuesday afternoon leading into to Wednesday’s Champions League tie against Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk.
The big controversy surrounding Man City at the moment is the Football Leaks/Der Spiegel information on the club allegedly dealing with FFP by nefarious means. Guardiola said he trusts the club.
“I trust the club and what they have done,” he said. “We want to follow the rules of UEFA, they do what they have to do. Believe me — I don’t know what happened — I am focused on what happens on the pitch.”
And the image of ‘City win because of money’ is unavoidable according to Pep, even if a lot more has gone into City’s success than that.
“I think that’s it for the last decade, people have been saying for the last decade that we only win because we have money. That is always the issue here, because to pass from one level to another level you need a lot of time, and of course money.
“Always when I was at Barca and Bayern I always heard people say City have lots of money. It’s an incredibly professional club that tries to do things in the right way.”
“If people say it’s just about money we have to accept that but in my opinion it’s wrong.”
In some good news, Ilkay Gundogan and Nicolas Otamendi are both fit to play again, with just two outfield players unavailable.
“Ilkay Gundogan and Nicolas Otamendi are ready. Except Kevin De Bruyne and Eliaquim Mangala, they are ready.”
Guardiola also spoke glowingly of his veteran maestro David Silva.
“David is one of the most incredible players playing in the pocket, the space in between players. He moves in those spaces. Few players can do it, and he is a master at that.
“I love being alongside him every day.”
And not forgetting the match itself, City take on Shakhtar tomorrow. Pep’s thoughts:
“Every game is important and you have to evaluate. Shakhtar is most important because it’s the first one (this week).
“After dropping points against Lyon every game is a final. We have a chance to step into the next round, then we think about United.”