Guardiola slams Evra, Berbatov over Man City criticism

Pep Guardiola has hit again at former Manchester United stars Patrice Evra and Dimitar Berbatov for criticising the character of his Manchester Metropolis facet after their painful Champions League exit.

Guardiola was infuriated by feedback from the 2 gamers after Metropolis’s defeat over two legs in opposition to Actual Madrid within the semi-finals of the competitors.

Metropolis conceded twice within the closing minutes and ultimately misplaced 6-5 on mixture after the tie went to extra-time.

Evra stated Guardiola’s facet lacked persona and leaders, whereas Berbatov questioned their focus and focus.

Metropolis have responded in devastating vogue by scoring 10 targets in two video games to maneuver to the brink of a fourth Premier League title in 5 seasons.

Guardiola, who was additionally annoyed by latest criticism from former Actual Madrid midfielder Clarence Seedorf, was scathing in his response to the doubters.

For ammunition the Metropolis boss referred to his Barcelona group, which outplayed United within the 2009 and 2011 Champions League finals.

Each Evra and Berbatov featured for United in 2009, whereas Evra was within the facet that misplaced once more two years later.

“Particular former gamers like Berbatov, Seedorf and Evra, and a lot of these individuals, weren’t there,” Guardiola stated on Friday. 

“I’ve performed in opposition to them, and I didn’t see this sort of persona after we destroyed United within the Champions League closing.

“You can not have persona since you concede two targets in a single minute after you may have had probabilities to attain?

“Typically, soccer is like this and it simply occurs. We can’t management many issues however while you at all times arrive within the final phases for 4 or 5 years, that is unbelievable.

“We’ve unbelievable persona. I’m sorry however I utterly disagree. Character is what now we have achieved within the final 5 years, each three days, in all competitions.”

Guardiola’s males can silence their critics by retaining the Premier League title over the approaching week.

Metropolis want 4 factors from their final two video games, at West Ham on Sunday and at house to Aston Villa on Could 22, to make certain of pipping Liverpool to the trophy.

Guardiola stated his facet haven’t any margin for error as a result of he believes Liverpool will win their closing two matches.

“Everyone is aware of with successful at West Ham and it will likely be nearly achieved, with the aim distinction and plenty of issues,” he stated. “It’s completely a closing.”

Guardiola hopes injured trio Aymeric Laporte, Fernandinho and Nathan Ake can characteristic in opposition to West Ham.

“They’re in therapy for these two days and we’ll see,” stated Guardiola, whose defence has been severely weakened by accidents to Ruben Dias, John Stones and Kyle Walker.


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