Pep Guardiola Brilliantly Debunks Notion that Manchester City’s Success Is Because of Money

Pep Guardiola Brilliantly Debunks Notion that Manchester City’s Success Is Because of Money

Rene Otinga
updated at May 14, 2024 at 9:51 AM
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  • Pep Guardiola is adamant that Manchester United should have won at least one title
  • The Spaniard is on course for a fourth successive league trophy with Manchester City
  • He recently aimed a dig at Premier League clubs over their big spending on transfers

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Pep Guardiola recently debunked the claims against Manchester City’s spending habits with a brutal take on other big Premier League clubs.

The Spaniard’s team has been a dominant force in the English top flight in recent years, winning five of the last six titles.

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Pep Guardiola believes money is not the key factor in Manchester City's success over the years. Photo: Stephanie Meek.
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If City fends off Arsenal on the final day of the season, they could make history by becoming the first Premier League club to win four league titles in a row.

Over the years, critics have scrutinised Guardiola’s success in the English top flight, attributing his triumph to Man City’s spending power in the transfer market.

But Guardiola, whose side is two wins away from the title and also through to the FA Cup final, strongly rebutted the notion.

Guardiola’s dig at Premier League ‘Big Six’

According to the 53-year-old, if titles were to be decided based on the extent of a club’s expenditure in the transfer market, teams like Manchester United should have won at least one title during his time in England.

"Years ago, people said it’s easy for Man City. It’s boring? It’s not," Guardiola said, per Manchester Evening News.
"It’s so difficult. But before do you know what it was? It was the money. For that reason, Man United should have won all the titles - all of them. And the second, Chelsea [for] all the titles. And the third Arsenal... all the titles."

Does Guardiola have a point?

Based on data from Transfermarkt, there could be some truth in Guardiola’s sentiments.

The Citizens had a net spend of £259 million in the last five years, a far cry from their neighbours, Man United, who have spent a whopping £619mil over the same period, including £400mil in transfer fees during Erik ten Hag’s reign.

City are only seventh in terms of clubs with the highest expenditure since 2019, behind Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, and the Red Devils.

Guardiola also fiercely defended Liverpool, who effectively dropped out of the title race over the weekend.

He hailed Jurgen Klopp’s side for always pushing City to the limits, ultimately succeeding in the 2019/2020 campaign.

Guardiola’s curious record away at Tottenham

Sports Brief also previously reported on Pep Guardiola’s wretched away record against Tottenham Hotspur.

City has two league games remaining and little margin for error as they prepare to take on Spurs on May 14.

However, history is against Manchester City, who have struggled to break down Tottenham in recent games.

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