Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has slammed the European Super League project ahead of the Aston Villa clash on Wednesday night in the Premier League and asked Florentino Perez considerable questions.
We understand this is a Manchester United blog but because Guardiola’s thoughts go ahead with the majority of Man United fans and football fans and because the Red Devils are part of this disgraceful move, we decided to post Guardiola’s take of the ongoing ESL project. Bear with us, as we are also not in support of this so-called Super League plan.
Florentino Perez announced on Sunday that Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan are all founding members of the European Super League.
The idea to come up with this competition, according to Florentino Perez, is that these big clubs will have new means of making more money and eventually help football from dying and the clubs from going bankruptcy.
Perez also revealed that these 12 clubs will always be in the competition regardless of their performance in their domestic competitions, which is unlike Champions League and Europa League, where teams get the qualifications via merit.
Premier League and other affected bodies have rejected the European Super League project and have warned the breakaway clubs that they would be banned from competing in their domestic leagues and the players involved could be banned from representing their countries in competitions such as the World Cup, Euros, AFCON and others.
Pep Guardiola isn’t a fan of the project, alongside the majority of the football fans, journalists, ex-managers and players and current players, as he believes the beauty of football is the unawareness of the results, unlike the ESL competition that it is certain the 12 clubs would always be in the competition whether they finish outside the top four in their respective leagues, and also accused UEFA for failing in their own duties.
Pep Guardiola would also question Florentino Perez’s decision on how these 12 clubs are picked as Ajax, who have won the UCL four times, were not included.
“It is not a sport when success is guaranteed or it doesn’t matter when you lose,” Pep Guardiola told BBC.
“Why Ajax Amsterdam is not there [Super League] with four Champions Leagues? They have to tell all of us.
“I would love the [Super League] president of the committee to go out around the world and explain how we got this decision.
“It is uncomfortable for us because we don’t have all the information.
“I can give you my opinion on what I know today but there is just a statement and no more than that.
“When you talk about the Premier League and UEFA, they look after their interests.
“UEFA have also failed. They have to communicate and be in touch before.”
Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes are the two Manchester United players to oppose the European Super League project.
European qualification should be on merit, rather than the reputation of the club.