Pep Guardiola, coach of the Manchester City football team, expressed surprise at statements made by Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp, who said that City had benefited from a “two-week break” due to the Corona virus.
Guardiola commented on these statements, saying that he did not envision Jurgen Klopp “of this type of coach.”
Manchester City took advantage of an eight-day break when the spread of the Corona virus led to the postponement of the team’s meeting against Everton, which was scheduled to take place on 28 December.
“Jurgen has to look at the calendar again,” Guardiola said.
The English Premier League champions will visit Manchester City next Sunday in the match, which will be held at 4:30 pm GMT.
Guardiolas team has won 13 games in a row in all competitions, compared to only three games won by Liverpool out of a total of ten fought by the defending champions, who have fallen to fourth place in the Premier League.
When asked about the secret behind Liverpool’s decline in the league standings, Klopp said at the press conference held before this match: “We did not get enough rest.”
“I think City got a two-week break for reasons related to COVID-19,” he added.
During a press conference, Guardiola said sarcastically: “He made a mistake. It was a two-month rest period? Or three I think? No, it was four. Four months off. This is the secret behind us being at our best now.”
He added that Man City was still suffering from a shortage of players when they won their match against Chelsea 3-1 in the Premier League matches on the third of January.
Guardiola wondered whether Klopp was manipulating words or just a miscalculation that he made while making those statements.
Yes, we had cases of Covid-19, we took a one-week break and played a game with only 14 players at Stamford Bridge. But I might be wrong, and that period was not two weeks, but three or Four weeks. “
He added: “Next Sunday, when I see Jurgen, I will tell him: How many days or weeks have we got rest? I am amazed, I did not think that he was of this type of coach like others who do so. I did not expect such statements.”
Manchester City, who are seven points ahead of the defending champions, have won 10 games since the Everton match was postponed.
Everton expressed his dissatisfaction with the decision to postpone, demanding the disclosure of the circumstances and circumstances of the decision, which was announced just four hours before the start of the match in December at the request of City.
Everton’s dissatisfaction is due to several factors, including that Manchester City, two days before the match was postponed last December, was able to defeat Newcastle despite the absence of defender Kyle Walker and spearhead Gabriel Jesus as they were confirmed to be infected with the Corona virus.
Guardiolas team also fought and won their match against Chelsea, despite the absence of Ederson, Ferran Torres and Eric Garcia.
The City coach claimed his team’s schedule was more crowded than Liverpool’s.
Man City was late in starting the season because the team was given enough time to recover from the Champions League quarter-final matches last August.
Guardiola said: “Of course he forgot it, but we did not forget it, but they certainly did.”
He added: “He knows that this is not true, well! Nobody in the English Premier League gets a two-week break! Some of them (coaches) create such a situation, and they do it for some purpose, but I did not expect him to do that too (Jorgen).”
He continued, “I assumed he was not that kind of man, but what if he did it; well I might be wrong.”