Pep Guardiola believes that the format of the proposed Super League "is not sport". As it stands the 12 founding members would participate in the competition every season without having to qualify.
"If you ask me about these teams that have been selected for this hypothetical competition in the future, I don't know the reason why," the Man City manager said during a press conference ahead of Wednesday's Premier League game against Aston Villa.
"Sport? It is not sport when the relation between effort and success and reward doesn't exist. It is not a sport. It is not a sport if success is already guaranteed. It is not a sport if it doesn't matter if you lose.
"That's why I said many times that I want the best competitions as strong as possible - especially the Premier League - and it is not fair when one team fights to arrive to the top and after cannot qualify because the success is already guaranteed just for a few clubs. This statement is what I feel.
"I don't know what is going to change and people say maybe four or five teams can go up and join these teams but what happens in the 14 or 15 don't have a good season and every time they are there? This is not a sport."
Guardiola said it was a tough time for the managers of City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal to be speaking about the Super League as they do not yet have all the information.
Pep Guardiola on the Super League
"It is an embryo that is not yet breathing," said Guardiola regarding the Super League.
"That is the reality. We're going to play the Champions League next week and try to reach the final and next season we're going to play in European competitions because we deserve it and won it on the pitch. The players have to be focused on Aston Villa.
"Like all the mangers said - because I listened to Jurgen and the other managers - we did our job.
"The right people have to clarify, they have the obligation and duty as soon as possible to come out all around the world and clarify - today better than tomorrow and tomorrow better than the day after tomorrow - what the situation is, the benefits, and why they took their decisions that these teams are going to play and not other ones.
"Ajax Amsterdam have four or five Champions League but will not be there? They have to clarify that for all of us."
?️ "It is not sport if it doesn't matter if you lose"
Pep Guardiola shares his thoughts on the European Super Leaguepic.twitter.com/DtSd4TdtPh
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