Pep Guardiola Says Manchester City Can’t Afford To Compete In Four Competitions

Pep Guardiola Says Manchester City Can’t Afford To Compete In Four Competitions
Jan 28, 2018

Manchester City News

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has rubbished the idea of winning four trophies this season because the club can’t afford to compete in each competition.

City, who are 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League, remain in the FA Cup, Champions League and also reached the Carabao Cup final where they will face Arsenal.

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However, the Spaniard says the Citizens’ squad depth isn’t good enough to win all four competitions, insisting that requires spending even beyond City’s financial power.

Before Wednesday’s deadline, highly-rated defender Aymeric Laporte is set to arrive at the Etihad from Athletic Bilbao after having his £60 million buy-out clause activated. Though Guardiola believes it’s still not enough.

Speaking at his press conference, Guardiola said: “When you are in four competitions and fighting to be there, sometimes you have to be lucky in terms of injuries or have 22 top players.”

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“To have 22 players, you need money we do not have. To compete at a high level you need 22 top players. Today, 22 top players is so expensive. You cannot buy. Even City. There are salaries we cannot pay and there are transfers we cannot pay.”

You can watch Guardiola’s press conference in full below, courtesy of BeanymanSports.

 

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