Pep Guardiola hits Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp & # 039; Rocky Balboa & # 039; derision

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Pep Guardiola downplayed Jurgen Klopp's claim that Liverpool is still "Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago" by saying he has learned to live with the pressure of being the title favorite for nine years as a coach.

The start of the new season of the city at Arsenal on Sunday was very positive to become consecutive champions, with the second favorites of Liverpool.

Despite spending £ 250 million on new players in 2018, Klopp believes that City is still the team to beat and used the Rocky IV movie to emphasize his point.

Pep Guardiola responded to Jurgen Klopp's claims that Liverpool remains a helpless this year

The head of Manchester City insisted that he is used to the label of favorites & # 39; after nine years as boss

The head of Manchester City insisted that he is used to the label of favorites & # 39; after nine years as boss

The head of Manchester City insisted that he is used to the label of favorites & # 39; after nine years as boss

Despite spending £ 250 million on new players in 2018, Klopp believes that Liverpool is still helpless

Despite spending £ 250 million on new players in 2018, Klopp believes that Liverpool is still helpless

Despite spending £ 250 million on new players in 2018, Klopp believes that Liverpool is still helpless

"The champions, Manchester City, did not lose any players and brought (Riyad) Mahrez, so it does not weaken them," Klopp said on Friday at his press conference.

& # 39; They are top quality. We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago. We are the ones who have to do more, fight more and that must be our attitude ".

Guardiola responded to Klopp's "favorites" saying, "Thank you, Jurgen." For nine years I have lived with that situation, no problem, for nine years, except the first year when I arrived (as coach) and the people of Barcelona I did not like that he was a manager, and since then, we won the Treble every season and we were the favorites.

& # 39; So we are the favorites. Thank you, Jurgen, you are very kind.

Klopp opted for the analogy of the helpless Balboa (left) against the favorite Drago of Rocky IV

Klopp opted for the analogy of the helpless Balboa (left) against the favorite Drago of Rocky IV

Klopp opted for the analogy of the helpless Balboa (left) against the favorite Drago of Rocky IV

Mohamed Salah and Co are expected to present City with a title race as expectation grows

Mohamed Salah and Co are expected to present City with a title race as expectation grows

Mohamed Salah and Co are expected to present City with a title race as expectation grows

City tries to be the first club since Manchester United in 2009 to win successive titles

City tries to be the first club since Manchester United in 2009 to win successive titles

City tries to be the first club since Manchester United in 2009 to win successive titles

No club has won successive titles since Manchester United in 2009 and Guardiola added: "It's a challenge, but that's not the goal." It's to win on Sunday, then Huddersfield and Wolves.

"If we play well, we have the opportunity to repeat." If we are going to win, we have to prepare ourselves to be better.

WHAT DOES ROCKY BALBOA VS IVAN DRAGO MEAN?

Ivan Drago is a fictional character in the 1985 film Rocky IV, in which he is the rival of Rocky Balboa and the main antagonist.

Drago has an amateur record of 100-1 and is considered one of the best fighters, the favorite.

The fighter of the Soviet Union easily defeats the friend of Balboa, Apollo Creed, before the same Balboa, a helpless one, climbs to the ring to fight against him.

"It would be a big mistake to think about last season or we're going to win." The best way is the training session, the next game and then the next one. We'll see at the end of the table. Do not think too much about back-to-back, defending the title. The main thing is to improve and then we will see.

& # 39; I like to work with these guys, I enjoy it. It is a happy dressing room, they are excellent human beings. Being together is a pleasant process. "

Asked if he is concerned that the City has signed Riyad Mahrez for £ 60 million this summer and lost a new midfielder, he said: "They show me in two seasons, especially the last one, that we can trust them. I said last season many times that we can not spend what we did last season each year.

"Back then, we had seven or eight players of 30 or 31. I said maybe one or two, but we do not have more money to spend, we could not spend more than we have done this season. next season we will be more active, it depends, we spend a lot with the young players for the next season ".

In Mahrez, he added: "He has established himself quite well, he knows the Premier League, that's a good thing". Today players connect immediately when a new player arrives. The boys here presented it easily, he knew (Benjamin) Mendy and some others. In two or three days he was just another guy, part of the group. "

But when asked about the title, Guardiola simply said: "It's a challenge, but that's not the goal."

Guardiola is not worried that his squad has only seen the arrival of Riyad Mahrez (right)

Guardiola is not worried that his squad has only seen the arrival of Riyad Mahrez (right)

Guardiola is not worried that his squad has only seen the arrival of Riyad Mahrez (right)

After losing to the organizer of Napoli Jorginho, City hoped that Douglas Luiz – who spent the loan of last season at his sister club Girona – could enter to fill the void left by the departure of Yaya Toure.

CABINET OF GUARDIOLA TROPHIES AS CHIEF

BARCELONA, SPAIN)

The League: 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11

Spanish Cup: 2008-09, 2011-12

Champions League: 2008-09, 2010-11

UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011

FIFA Club World Cup: 2009, 2011

BAYERN MUNICH (GERMANY)

Bundesliga: 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16

German Cup: 2013-14, 2015-16

UEFA Super Cup: 2013

FIFA Club World Cup: 2013

MANCHESTER CITY (ENGLAND)

League Cup: 2017-18

Premier League: 2017-18

Community Shield: 2018-19

However, the Brazilian £ 10.7m has been denied a work permit and Guardiola is angry about the late decision.

"It is not allowed," said the head of the city. "We're going to try to help him go on loan again and try to get a work permit, it's so hard for me to understand him." A guy who does not see the player or any training session every day has to judge whether he has the ability and the quality to play.

"I accept the rules but I do not understand them because anyone in the world can work anywhere." The manager of Brazil and I know more than the guys who decide they can not play.

"I am so sad and disappointed by Douglas because he could help us, play with us, he has shown many good things in the training sessions and the reason why we spend a lot of money to buy him is because he is a player with a great capacity to play with US.

"We decided on a work permit because we think he can play because it's stupid to say he will not play, when we decided to keep him in Manchester City, it's because we believe he has the ability.

"I would have preferred it not been announced yesterday, if you decide that the rules are the rules, let me know 15 days ago and maybe we can decide what we can do.

"But a day before and you decide that you can not play because I do not know, it's not high enough, you do not play enough, you play in the past or something like that, that's fine."

Despite not being able to replace Luiz, Guardiola is glad that the transfer window is closed.

He said: & # 39; I prefer that it is so, when we start the other leagues we can buy our player, in England now you do not have time to react. The ideal situation is for everyone to finish at the same time. It is what it is. It's the first time we adjusted it and maybe we can review it, but I like to start the Premier League with the players I have for the season, not after three of four games. "

Douglas Luiz was denied a work permit and Guardiola says he is "sad" for the young player

Douglas Luiz was denied a work permit and Guardiola says he is "sad" for the young player

The boss hoped to add Luiz to his options

The boss hoped to add Luiz to his options

Douglas Luiz was denied a work permit and Guardiola says he is "sad" for the young player

Kevin De Bruyne is back and ready for action, which is a boost before facing Arsenal

Kevin De Bruyne is back and ready for action, which is a boost before facing Arsenal

Kevin De Bruyne is back and ready for action, which is a boost before facing Arsenal

Guardiola has Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne available to face Arsenal after both players return from the World Cup and holidays in optimal conditions this week.

"Raheem and Kevin arrived quite well," said Guardiola. "Three weeks off is not long after the World Cup and both came in the perfect way, Sterling was fit in four or five days, he's not a big guy who needs training, he's strong, so it's easy.

& # 39; Kevin arrived in the perfect way. He's going to be a father for the second time, he must take care of his wife, that's why he returned in a perfect way. "

Unai Emery will be in the dugout when Cit goes to Emirates Stadium on Sunday and Guardiola said: "He is an excellent manager, what he achieved in Seville, three consecutive European leagues, he is excellent, good for the Premier League, he is here."

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