Pep Guardiola admits he will stay and fight for Manchester City and their supporters even if their two-year European ban remains in place
UEFA suspended City from European football for the next two seasons and issued a £24.9million fine for breaching the Financial Fair Play regulations on Friday.
Numerous star performers and Guardiola himself have immediately been linked with a summer switch away from the Etihad, especially if the suspension is upheld.
The reigning Premier League champions picked up a comfortable 2-0 home triumph over West Ham United on Wednesday night, and the Spaniard has given his verdict on the ongoing problems during the post-match interview.
“When someone believes he is right, he is going to fight to the end, and that is what we are going to do,” the former Barcelona manager said, as reported by FourFourTwo.
“It is an incredible thing to fight for our people who support this club, and we are going to do it. As a club, a team, we are going to do it.”
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Well aware of the gravity of the situation and City’s current problems with form and consistency, Guardiola has confessed he might face a farewell, insisting sacking would be the only way for him to leave the Etihad at this point.
“If they don’t sack me – and that can happen – I will stay here 100 percent, more than ever,” the 49-year-old admitted.
“Why should I leave? When I said before a month ago – I love this club, I like to be here.
“I am optimistic in the end it will finish well. Me personally, we speak with the players, and in the next three months, we still have a focus on what we have to do and see, in the end, what is the sentence.
“Personally, no matter what happens, I will be here next season…
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“We are optimistic that in the end, the truth will prevail, and next season we will be in the Champions League.”
The abovementioned win over West Ham has seen the Citizens keep a four-point lead over third-placed Leicester City ahead of their Saturday’s face-to-face meeting at the King Power Stadium.
Regardless of the outcome of that encounter, City will hardly manage to cut down a staggering 22-point deficit to table-toppers Liverpool, who need just five wins to seal their first Premier League title.
With the Reds seemingly running away with the league crown, Pep Guardiola’s men will have other competitions to switch their attention to, the UEFA Champions League in particular.
Indeed, they remain in the race for a major silverware, as they prepare for their last-16 tie against Real Madrid that may as well determine Guardiola’s faith in Manchester.