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Guardiola hinted that Chelsea is favored over Man City

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec25,2023 #Chelsea #City #Guardiola
Guardiola hinted that Chelsea is favored over Man City 2
Guardiola hinted that Chelsea is favored over Man City 2

`What Chelsea is doing is not my business,` Guardiola said on February 3 during a press conference before the match against Tottenham in round 22 of the Premier League, when asked about Chelsea spending 668 million USD to buy from…

In February 2020, UEFA banned Man City from participating in all European tournaments for the next two seasons and had to pay a fine of 32.5 million USD for `serious violations of FFP`.

Guardiola on the Man City training ground on February 2.

During the appeal by the Etihad Stadium owner, nine teams – including Arsenal, Burnley, Chelsea, Leicester, Liverpool, Man Utd, Newcastle, Tottenham and Wolves, according to the BBC – petitioned the Premier League Organizing Committee to fine Man City.

But in July 2020, the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) canceled the European Cup ban imposed by UEFA, and Man City only had to pay a fine of more than 10 million USD.

Since appointing Guardiola in 2016, Man City has spent more than $1.3 billion on player purchases and won four Premier League championships, four League Cups, two English Super Cups and one FA Cup.

Knowing that he would be criticized, Guardiola emphasized that Man City was forced to buy heavily to compete in the Premier League and Champions League.

In the January 2023 transfer window, Chelsea spent 398 million USD – more than the costs of teams in the other top four leagues in Europe combined.

If including the summer 2022 transfer, Chelsea spent a total of 668 million USD for the 2022-2023 season, deeply breaking Barca’s old record of 415 million USD in the 2017-2018 season.

During the press conference on February 3, when asked about how Chelsea spends money on the transfer market, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp replied: `I don’t say anything without a lawyer. No, I’m just joking. I don’t understand.`

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