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Pep Guardiola speaks out against Super League: ‘It’s not sport if you can’t lose’

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‘It’s not fair if a team fights at the top and cannot qualify’

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Manchester City and former FC Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has criticized the newly formed European Super League, saying “it’s not sport if you can’t lose.”

City and Barcelona are among the 12 founding members of the competition, but Guardiola has taken a dim view towards the Super League.

“If you ask me [why] these teams have been selected, I don’t know the reason why,” he said

The founding members cannot be relegated from the Super League, something that has been criticized by fans, coaches, players, and pundits alike.

“It is not a sport where the relation between the effort and the success, the effort and the reward, does not exist. It is not a sport where success is already guaranteed or it is not a sport when it doesn’t matter where you lose,” Guardiola said,

“That’s why I said many times, I want the best competition, the strongest competition possible, especially the Premier League. It is not fair when one team fight, fight, fight, arrive at the top and cannot qualify because success is already guaranteed just for a few teams.

“I don’t know what is going to change. [Even if] the people say: ‘No, no, maybe four or five teams can go up and play this competition,’ [then] what happens to the 14 or 15 not playing a good season and every time will be there? So this is not sport.”

The manager dismissed reports that City could be kicked out of the UEFA Champions League effective immediately.

“We are going to play the Champions League next week [against Paris Saint-Germain] and we are going to try to reach the final and next season we are going to play [it again] because we deserve it, we won it [qualified for it] on the pitch,” he said.