Pep Guardiola fined by FA over 'political' yellow ribbon

12 March, 2018, 10:43 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • Guardiola has guided Manchester City to a 16-point lead at the top of the Premier League table

Guardiola's much-publicised stance over the situation in Catalonia has become a major issue in his homeland where, according to reports in Spain, the City manager's private plane was searched at Barcelona's El Prat airport last month by police looking for exiled Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont.

City, with the League Cup already in the bag, are virtually certain to win the Premier League title and are among the favourites to lift the Champions League for the first time in their history.

David Silva is expected to be in the squad after missing the Basel match for personal reasons.

However, the German, who reached the Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund in 2013, also stressed City can't get ahead of themselves with tougher tests to come from the quarter-finals on.

He was not happy with the display, though, saying his players "forgot to attack" and is hoping for better when they travel to relegation-threatened Stoke on Monday.

Guardiola has continually sported the ribbon in City's Premier League matches as well as games in domestic and European cup competitions.

"The players are off today so I do not know the exact situation".

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"The best example (of that being dangerous) was two days ago".

"Maybe it was because we had less pressure, that we had nothing to lose", suggested Elyounoussi. We need to be focused because Stoke away is always hard.

Guardiola's side visit struggling Stoke City on Monday as they seek to mount an immediate response to Wednesday's surprise, albeit inconsequential, Champions League loss to Basel. "That's why we have to be focused on what we have to do". When the weekend is over, they are like: "'The weekend is over, there are no more games.' But we have to play".

"Instead of being here, where we have been fighting for eight months with the weather, we will go there and train the same way but in better conditions", he said. We wanted to win and see it through that way.

"It's not good for us comparing with that team because that team dominate the last decade with different managers and different players".

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has denied that his agent has been in England to discuss a new deal.

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