‘I have all the respect on the pitch, not much off the pitch’: Pep Guardiola takes a hit at Arsenal board as Manchester City boss points out grievances over his call to CAS and pushes Mikel away Arteta
- Pep Guardiola swept Arsenal board for off-court activities
- The hierarchy of Arsenal would be the leaders of the cabal of the “hateful eight”
- The club also appreciated Guardiola’s assistant Mikel Arteta from the club
- Catalan coach focuses on city’s Champions League clash with Madrid
Pep Guardiola hit Arsenal’s board on Monday, further underscoring Manchester City’s dissatisfaction with the London club.
City believe the Gunners were the ringleaders of the so-called “Hateful Eight” cabal that tried to block the ultimately successful appeal from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, as revealed by Sportsmail.
Guardiola, whose side lost Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final to Arsenal, carried out a thinly veiled search ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Watford.
Pep Guardiola slammed Arsenal board for actions taken behind the scenes
He is unhappy with their role in ‘Hateful Eight’ and appreciates the club’s Mikel Arteta (L)
“Opponents always deserve my respect and credit,” he said. “Arsenal, I have all respect for who they are on the pitch, not a lot off the pitch – but on the pitch, a lot. “
There also appears to be dismay at City with the way Arsenal recruited former deputy manager Mikel Arteta last December.
Guardiola also asked last week whether Arsenal will support Arteta enough in the transfer market. The Catalan has bigger problems right now, however, with the European date against Real Madrid drawing closer after two meaningless Premier League games.
City players will not have any free time before the return leg of the last 16 Champions League home matches with the La Liga champions on August 7. week given that the Spanish season ended earlier.
City still have two league games but Guardiola focus on Champions League
“We will have two days (off) after Watford, but after Watford we will have two weeks of training sessions,” Guardiola said.
“We will try to maintain our pace in our sessions. We will find a specific way to play against Madrid.
“They don’t have a (Sergio) Ramos, so we’ll see how (Eder) Militao and (Raphael) Varane came together in their matches. It’s an advantage that we have more time to prepare specific things about them.
“We are excited and optimistic against Madrid. If we play at a decent level we will have our chance, otherwise we will be out. Saturday was not good enough.