Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola announced that his side would praise Liverpool for their Premier League win. City’s recent 2-1 loss at Chelsea meant they could no longer catch Liverpool at the top of the table, ending the Red’s 30-year wait for a league title.
There were proposals for City to send an honorary guard to Liverpool when the two sides meet on Thursday, but city leaders needed to consult with the Premier League to decide if it would be appropriate to do so in the current environment. Following those talks (via Sky Sports News), Guardiola has confirmed that the celebration will still take place.
Guardiola said. “Of course we will do the honor guard. We are always getting Liverpool when they come incredibly to our house. We can not complain and we will do it, of course, because we deserve it.”
However, he warned Liverpool they still have a long way to go before they match the kind of domestic dominance that Guardiola has enjoyed since arriving in England in 2016.
“A team that has won eight titles (trophies) in the last three years is passionate about every single game, every contest, everywhere,” he began.
“No-one can claim that in this country. It’s so hard to do what we did in the world’s toughest league but you can’t win all the time. There was one exceptional team, and I say learn from them when one team is exceptional and I congratulate them on that. This is straightforward. The zeal and ambition of this squad go and goes and it goes again.”
Guardiola finally shifted his focus towards the end of the campaign. They booked their semi-final spot in the FA Cup thanks to a 2-0 win over Newcastle and the boss hopes that winning the competition will help them prepare for a Champions League clash with Real Madrid.
He said: “We are pleased to be back in London at Wembley after the loss against Chelsea to play against Arsenal in the semi-final to reach the FA Cup final. It’s an unforgettable achievement, and it gives us an extra boost. We talked about what happened in the Premier League to qualify for the Champions League we need two more victories. So we have two tournaments that we will win. Today we have taken the first move. It’s going to be nice to arrive in the best shape against Real Madrid. Winning this title will be the perfect way to prepare for Madrid.”