After recent news that Pep Guardiola teased his retirement, he has now moved to clarify he has no intentions to retire. News came when he made remarks in a recent interview with NBC, which was what led to the speculation that the Blues manager might feel ‘uncomfortable’ at Manchester City and was already flirting with the idea of retirement. Pep furthered on his statement saying “All I said was that I would not be still a trainer when I am 60,” Guardiola said. “I still stand by that, because I started young and I have been in football for a long time, but at the moment I am 45. I have no plans to retire. I love my job and I am in a perfect place to do it, here in England. I am not thinking of retiring in the next four or five year, I am happy at Manchester City and grateful for the chance to come and work here. Maybe it was inappropriate to say I am starting to say goodbye to my career, but I know what I am thinking of when I talk about when I am going to retire.”
The Spaniard also raised eyebrows with the fans in the same interview suggesting that his side were some way behind the ‘calibre’ of Liverpool, rivals Manchester United and former clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich in terms of history and titles. With the build-up of their FA cup tie against West Ham he backed up his comment regarding City’s heritage stating that he was merely talking about the past and certain traditions- “I never said that City is below that level at the moment,” he said. “When I said we were behind Liverpool, United and the other clubs I was speaking about titles won in the past, and I hope people understand that. I think Manchester City is one of the best clubs in the world right now and it is my job to make it stronger “, he further stated that “We have not got the history of those clubs, but we are in a good position to do something about it. Even in the league table right now we are not in too bad a position, it is just that Chelsea have opened up quite a lead. We are two points behind the team in second, and I am happy with that at this stage of the season.” It’s true that City are unable to match the rich history that their competitor obtain but they are slowly building this new history since the oil rich owners took over a under the last decade.
Elsewhere at City, poor Fernandinho has had his appeal for wrongful dismissal rejected by the Football Association. The 31-year-old midfielder was sent off for two-footed challenge on Burnley player Johann Berg Gudmundsson. This becomes his third red card of the season of the season and now faces a four-match ban which will being with immediate effect. That means Fernandinho will miss Friday’s FA Cup match up again the Irons, followed by the league game against Everton, Tottenham and West Ham once more.
Meanwhile, another player at City, fullback Bacary Sagna has been given until 6pm Friday evening to explain to the FA why he posted controversial comments on social media regarding the performance of Hull player Mason. Sagna vented his anger on Instagram saying that the game was like ’10 against 12’. The FA have confirmed to Sky Sports News HQ that they are now ‘seeking observations’. Once the FA have reviewed Sagna’s response, will they decide whether to proceed with any disciplinary measures. So with Fernandinho out of action, does that falter their odds? Check out Best Deal Casino specific football page for all the latest odds in regards to the FA cup fixtures this weekend.