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Guardiola has empathy for 'exceptional' Klopp amid Liverpool slump
Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp is under pressure after three straight defeats and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has empathy for his rival.Klopp conceded the title following Liverpool's 3-1 defeat to Leicester City on Saturday, admitting that the gap to Guardiola's Manchester City - which stands at 13 points ahead of City's game in hand with Everton on Wednesday - was too much for the defending champions to make up.
Pep Guardiola suggested Premier League players discuss upcoming team selections with rivals amid Aston Villa’s complaints over leaks.
Villa boss Dean Smith was left seething after news of several players removing the injured Jack Grealish from their fantasy football sides seeped out on social media.
It became clear that Grealish would not be available for the weekend defeat by Leicester after a twitter account ascertained that three players and two staff members transferred the captain.
Smith has since banned his squad from taking part in the online game and while admitting he was unaware of fantasy football, Guardiola claimed anything to the detriment of teams ought to stop.
Guardiola says Gundogan 'should be ready' for Arsenal clash on Sunday
Gundogan, who has scored four goals in his last two league games against Tottenham and Liverpool, missed the 3-1 win at Goodison Park on Wednesday night with a slight groin injury. City boss Guardiola revealed that the German's absence from Wednesday's matchday squad was precautionary and he looks set to return at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.
‘I know the players play these games but I don’t know what fantasy football is,’ Guardiola said. ‘I’ve never played it and I heard it for the first time yesterday on Sky.
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‘Sometimes you make a team selection and players are friends with other teams and they talk about what you do. Sometimes it happens, it’s incredibly unethical and unprofessional but you cannot control everything.’
Manchester City are back in Champions League action on Wednesday night, a last-16 away first leg against Borussia Monchengladbach in Budapest.
They head to Hungary missing only Nathan Ake, with last season’s shock quarter-final defeat by Lyon still fresh in their minds, but Guardiola insisted he is not interested in the past. They have never reached the last four under the Catalan.
How Arteta can get one over Pep and end Manchester City's winning run
Mikel Arteta was a key member of Guardiola's backroom team at the Etihad. This Sunday, Arteta will attempt to mastermind a shock victory against his former employers at the Emirates. It's no easy task. Just in the past two weeks, City have wiped the floor with top-four contenders Liverpool and Tottenham. But the Gunners are in arguably the best domestic form they've shown all season, after a dreadful first few months - this Arsenal side is much improved from the team which looked all at sea in the Carabao Cup against City just before Christmas.
‘I’m not a big fan of saying that experiences help you,’ he said. ‘All the times when we went out we were in high level, we were so close.
‘Against Tottenham (2019) and Lyon (2020), we were better but we were out. We have to play good but the desire is there, what do we have to do to beat them - no more.
‘And after that we see the second leg and then onto the quarters if we are good enough. No more expectations than that. It’s just this game.’
Guardiola lauds 'more than remarkable' Man City winning run .
Manchester City matched the club record of 28 games without defeat and Pep Guardiola paid tribute to his players after they beat Wolves.Leander Dendoncker's own goal put runaway leaders City in front, but Conor Coady headed in his first top-flight goal after the hour-mark to bring Wolves level on Tuesday.