Pep Guardiola was officially unveiled as Manchester City’s new manager this afternoon and he ‘accidentally’ trolled Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in the meantime.
Everyone is eagerly anticipating Guardiola and Mourinho going head-to-head once again but after the Spaniards latest comments, there may also be a little rivalry between him and Wenger.
Now, we’re going to give the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss the benefit of the doubt here, but it remains to be seen what Wenger makes of it.
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Guardiola was talking about the Premier League, stating how the focus should be on the players, rather than the managers. But, when listing all the top managers, Guardiola inadvertently mocked Wenger by leaving him out.
“In England the most important thing in football, the people don’t come to see who the manager is, they come to see how good our players are,” the 45-year-old said.
“I don’t think just this year, in the past as well, there are good managers with [Jurgen] Klopp, with [Antonio] Conte, with [Claudio] Ranieri, [Jose] Mourinho, [Mauricio] Pochettino, [Ronald] Koeman – but the reason I work here is just to help the players.”
We’re sure that Guardiola just momentarily forgot about Wenger, but how could he? He has been in charge of Arsenal for 20 years - being the longest-serving Premier League manager by some distance.
Wenger is unlikely to take Guardiola’s accidental trolling to heart but we’ll see on December 21 when the pair clash at the Etihad.