Former Barcelona manager and current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola took a slight shot at his former club this week. The comments come on the back of a pretty harsh penalty against the Citizens for FFP violations. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu came out and said that UEFA was doing a good job in regards to FFP regulations.
“It is a club in which there are traditions, owned by 144,000 members, and it is a club in which democratic principles and freedom of expression are held deep within. It is a club run with rigour, always,” he said.
“In this regard, we thank UEFA, who in recent years has been so sure to follow up on Financial Fair Play.
“At Barca, we have been following it and we have regular investigations or we have meetings at UEFA to explain how we are doing it. From here we want to support UEFA for all the good it does in football.”
Bartomeu | Source
City boss Pep Guardiola might have thought that was in regards to the biggest story in UEFA, the Manchester City sanctions.
“I don’t know if they spy on me but they know me, it’s not necessary to spy on me,” Guardiola said following Manchester City’s 2-0 win over West Ham.
“If they’re happy that we are suspended I would say to the president of Barca to give us two appeals. I ask right now that the people trust what they (City) have done.
“Don’t talk too loud, Barcelona, that’s my advice, because everybody is involved in situations.
“We’re going to appeal and hopefully in the future we can play in the Champions League against Barcelona.”’
Guardiola | Source
Pep might be reading into things a bit. But one might not be able to help themselves find the link between all the comments. Either way, let’s hope we see this matchup in the future.