Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has criticized the closed format of a pro-secessionist European Super League, saying it is “not a game” if success is guaranteed. City has signed offers to one of the 12 clubs, along with Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan, and AC Milan.
The Super League will guarantee one place for 15 founding members each year, thereby eliminating the uncertainty of eligibility and income risks.
“This is not a game when the relationship between effort and reward does not exist,” Guardiola said on Tuesday. “It is not a game when there is already a guarantee of success, it is not a game it does not matter if it is lost.”
“It is not right when a team fights, rises to the top, and then fails to qualify, because success is guaranteed for only a few clubs. People say that five clubs can go and play in this competition, but what if and if these 15 don’t play a good season. This is not a game. “
Pep Guardiola said he and the other managers of the separatist clubs were placed in an “awkward” position, with the club’s directors having to face press conferences before they came forward to elaborate on the proposals of European Super League.
One of Guardiola’s former clubs, Barcelona, has signed on, while his previous employer, Bayern Munich, has rejected the plans. He also questioned the motivation of choosing the 12 clubs included in City, Tottenham, and Arsenal, who have never won the European Cup, while Ajax, a four-time European champion, does not.
“They have a duty and an obligation to say so as soon as possible,” he said. “Get out of the world, because this is a global problem and it explains why they are there and others are not. Why Ajax Amsterdam, four leagues, is not there? He will have to tell us all. “