Real Madrid Tongue-in-cheek comment
Real Madridhave already signed several players as they look to strengthen their squad ahead of next season, withManchester CitycoachPep Guardiolaironically pointing out that his club are considered to be the big spenders of European football.
Los Blancoshave acquired the services ofRodrygo Goes,Eder Militao,Luka JovicandEden Hazard, and the formerBarcelonatactician has praised the latter’s quality.
“Real Madridare signing good players, but onlyManchester Cityspend money here,”Guardiolasaid during the Costa Brava Legends Trophy.
“The one who they signed fromChelsea[Eden Hazard] is very good.
“He is an impressive player and one of the best I’ve seen.
“Spanish football has signed a player with whom you are going to have a lot of fun.”
Guardiolahasn’t won theChampions Leaguesince his spell at theBlaugranaand he has explained why winning the league is always a priority for his teams.
“There are very good teams [in theChampions League] and others who deserve to win it,” he added.
“[However,] the league is the most important, first, because it makes you happier.
“When it goes bad, it’s very tough, but if you lose in theChampions League, it’s only two days.
“That’s why the league is funnier and more beautiful.
“We all want to win theChampions Leaguebecause it’s the most beautiful thing.
“The important thing is to try again and in our case we will do it again.
“If we fail, we will try again, as the important thing is to be there until the end.”
Ernesto Valverdehas been criticised for failing to win the major European competition, butGuardiolabelieves that the Catalan side should be praised for having clinchedLaLiga Santander.
“The coaches are not here to say if we deserve it or not,” he noted.
“When they say that we were good or bad, it’s good or bad.
“There are great demands atBarcelonaand if you don’t win all the trophies it seems that it’s not fine.
“They won the league the way they won it due to the tough competition fromReal Madrid,Atletico Madrid,Valencia,Real Betisand with a great season fromGetafe.
“They won the league and reached theCopa del Reyfinal and theChampions Leaguesemi-finals.
“As a coach, from my point of view, they had a good season.”