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Pep Guardiola talks up retaining Premier League after Liverpool win Champions League


Pep Guardiola retained the Premier League with Manchester City last season
Guardiola retained the Premier League with City last season (Picture: Getty)

Pep Guardiola has admitted retaining the Premier League is an incredibly difficult task after Liverpool narrowly missed out on becoming champions last season.

Liverpool ended their season on a high by winning the Champions League, but were pipped to the Premier League title by Manchester City.

Guardiola’s side were the first team to win back-to-back league titles in over a decade and in an interview with Catalan outlet Ara, the City boss was asked if he felt Liverpool were jealous of their domestic success.

He replied: ‘Winning the Premier League is very hard, and I speak from experience.


Liverpool claimed the Champions League trophy
Liverpool claimed the Champions League trophy (Picture: Getty)

‘This is the first time in eleven years that a team has won two consecutive league titles, which Barcelona has done many times [in La Liga].

‘I am certain Liverpool are eager to win the Premier League.

‘Liverpool have not won the league for 30 years, and we all saw what a team Liverpool were this year.’


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Guardiola has no plans to leave City (Picture: Reuters)

Guardiola has repeatedly been linked with a move away from City, but the Spaniard has always dismissed speculation about his future at the club.

While Liverpool are planning a quiet summer, City are closing in on their first major signing of the summer.

Rodri is expected to arrive in a £62.5million from Atletico Madrid, as the Spanish side confirmed the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente.

MORE: Liverpool to be offered Real Madrid star Marco Asensio in Sadio Mane swap deal

Article source: https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/30/pep-guardiola-talks-retaining-premier-league-liverpool-win-champions-league-10093708/

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