Jamie Carragher hits back at Guardiola comments

Jamie Carragher says he would have won the Premier League if Liverpool had been ‘owned by a nation state and pushed the rules’ as he hits back at criticism from Pep Guardiola

  • Man City accused of complacency after the 3-3 draw with Tottenham on Sunday
  • Pep Guardiola slammed Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher in a long monologue
  • IAN LADYMAN: Liverpool are two players short for another great period – It’s All Kicking Off 

Jamie Carragher has responded fiercely to Pep Guardiola’s comments about his failure to win a Premier League title.

Guardiola launched into an extraordinary six-and-a-half-minute monologue on Tuesday, defending his Manchester City players, claiming they will make history this season and skewering accusations of complacency.

Guardiola took aim at Sky Sports pundits Carragher, Micah Richards, and Gary Neville, who suggested that they are suffering from complacency after last year’s Treble. 

‘Gary Neville knows how difficult it is otherwise he would’ve won four Premier Leagues in the best period of Manchester United,’ Guardiola said. ‘But he didn’t do it. Maybe they accuse us of complacency because they felt complacency (at United). Maybe they felt it. This team so far, no chance. 

‘Jamie Carragher didn’t win one (title). Micah Richards didn’t win four Premier Leagues in a row. Never, ever. It’s never happened.

Jamie Carragher has hit back at Pep Guardiola after he referenced his failure to win the title

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‘I don’t have anything to say about the pundits, honestly. It’s not about that (complacency). Maybe I’m wrong but I don’t think it’s about complacency. 

And Carragher has hit back, saying he would have done if his club had been in the same boat as City.

He tweeted: ‘I think I’d have probably won one if Liverpool were owned by a nation state, and pushed the rules so far that the PL charged us 115 times!

‘I was actually praising Pep’s team after the game on Sunday, he added with a laughing face emoji.’

The Premier League charged City with 115 alleged breaches of financial regulations in February after opening an investigation in 2018. 

Pep Guardiola slammed Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher in a long monologue on Tuesday

They have agreed a date in autumn of 2024 at which they will face off in front of an independent panel in arguably the biggest hearing in the competition’s history. 

Those with knowledge of the situation believe that a conclusion may not follow until the end of next season – which is when City boss Pep Guardiola’s current contract is due to expire.

It is understood that what has been a highly confidential process is currently at the stage where statements are being taken from witnesses – which is likely to remain the case until next spring.

Should the trial go ahead on time, a verdict would be likely around the summer of 2025.

Delays, however, may well push the proceedings back further. And should either party find the eventual outcome unpalatable it would be difficult to imagine a world in which they would not appeal. Such a scenario would add significant time.

Should they need to, City may well explore further avenues, although they would not be able to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where they successfully had their UEFA-delivered Champions League ban overturned.


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