Man City manager Guardiola refusing to consider long-term contract

Manchester City Will Give

Pep Guardiola confirmed Man City will give new Premier League champions Liverpool a guard of honour

Liverpool on Saturday criticised some of its own fans for "wholly unacceptable" behaviour after they crowded parts of the city to celebrate the team's first championship in 30 years.

Certainly, though, in the wake of the 2-1 defeat away to Chelsea which confirmed Liverpool as champions, there were telling responses from Guardiola, who is facing the greatest challenge of his managerial career and whose pride may have been pricked.

But City's loss at Chelsea last Thursday put the Merseysiders mathematically out of reach and Guardiola feels it would be sporting to pay tribute to Jurgen Klopp's men. "We are going to do the guard of honour of course".

Liverpool City Council responded to the events stating: "We can not move fans or take action to prevent them gathering".

Along with a poor showing in the domestic league, City's European dream is also under threat as the club looks at a two-year ban from continental football if the UEFA Financial Fair Play ruling goes against them.

The Spaniard refuted any suggestion that his team have not been as hungry or motivated this season, despite Liverpool winning their 19th league title with a record seven games to spare.

Earlier, pictures showed fans gathering in the city centre on Friday despite police and politicians warning them coronavirus was still a "major risk".

Guardiola's current deal has just over a year to run. No one in this country can say that.

"I can not promise we will dominate football now, nor do I know if it is time to talk about major upheavals", he told German newspaper Bild.

Asked about his favorite goal this season, the player, known as the Egyptian king, said " My goal against Manchester United was special as they were the only team that I have not scored against".

"This team's passion and desire, it is going and going and going again".

The second leg was postponed due to coronavirus but City will travel to Lisbon for the Champions League mini-tournament in August gunning for the title.

"The important thing is this game and after you can finish the Premier League as best as possible, finish second, and after that we have time to prepare for (Real) Madrid".

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