Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
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Guardiola aims not-so-subtle dig at Gary Neville

Guardiola aims not-so-subtle dig at Gary Neville

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has continued his war of words with Manchester City this week, but his City counterpart Pep Guardiola refused to be drawn.

Neville, while speaking on Sky Sports, described Guardiola's decision to just bring six subs to the game as a "joke" considering the dazzling stars City have in their youth ranks.

As well as Sane, Guardiola was missing Gabriel Jesus, David Silva, John Stones, Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph for the trip to Turf Moor. On that day, at four in the afternoon, he did a training session. For that reason, I didn't call him.

"After that I went to the second team, but the second team in an hour and a half were going to play a game so I felt I'm not going to call the player to go to the bench when the substitute is normally Brahim [Diaz] or Yaya [Toure] or another one. Forget the fact they've spent however much money, six players on the me, it's like a protest".

"It was the first time in my life that it had happened, but all of the players were injured believe me". "If the training session had been at 11 in the morning I'd have had 18 but it's not a big issue".

But also took a fresh dig at Neville by making a disparaging reference to his disastrous four-month spell as manager of Valencia in 2016.

Guardiola had earlier stressed that he would name a full squad of 18 for Saturday's game against Leicester City, and that "Gary Neville can be happy".

"Never is it a joke".

"The job will only be measured by whether Jose Mourinho wins the Premier League".

'And he should know that because he was a manager - for a short time.

On Mahrez, Guardiola added: "Hopefully he will come back soon to play football". Management is not a book, where every time you have to do the same things. All the other managers are the same.

"It's not a book where you have to follow the rules". Sometimes I take that decision and of course the prestigious pundit can say whatever he wants.

With City without Silva and Sane, a move for Riyad Mahrez failed at the end of the January transfer window. It's simple like that.

"It's a decision for the player and for the club. Obviously winning the Champions League would be absolutely acceptable as well, but to win two trophies in his first season to now...he will be disappointed with how far Manchester United are behind Manchester City".

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