Pep Guardiola, Man City and PSG have proven Liverpool have something money can not buy

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Liverpool seem to be living in Pep Guardiola’s head rent-free these days. The Manchester City manager’s outburst against the Reds in the aftermath of his side’s 5-0 demolition of Newcastle was as bizarre as it was unexpected, considering that no one had mentioned Liverpool.

Guardiola burst into song about how Liverpool had the support of ‘everyone’, from fans to the media, around the country. “Everyone in this country supports Liverpool, the media and everyone,” Guardiola told beIN Sports.

“Of course because Liverpool has an incredible history in European competition. Not in the Premier League, because they have won one in 30 years, but it is not a problem at all.”

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It was all rather peculiar, and it shows that Liverpool’s relentlessness in pushing City all the way in the title race this season, not to mention in 2018/19, is getting to Guardiola.

“Liverpool are alongside [Manchester] United as the most important team in terms of titles, legacy, history, dramas for many, many things, “added Guardiola.

“But we have since the last 11 or 12 years been there. I know sometimes we are uncomfortable, but I do not care if the people want Liverpool to win more than us. It is not an issue.”

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It begs the question, if Guardiola really does not ‘care’ if people want Liverpool to win ahead of City, why bring Liverpool up, unprompted?

Guardiola hasn’t been pushed to these limits domestically since his final season at Barcelona, ​​when Jose Mourinho was manager of Real Madrid and Mourinho got in Guardiola’s head to such an extent that he went on that now infamous tirade against Mourinho in a press conference.

At Bayern Munich, the German giants had such a command over everyone else that there was no team to challenge their supremacy, including Jürgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund. It’s only since Guardiola has moved to England that he’s being challenged again for the first time since 2011/12.

Guardiola appears to be taking a leaf out of Sir Alex Ferguson’s playbook and employing deflection tactics in the wake of yet another Guardiola disaster class in Europe.

Their mental capitulation against Madrid proved, just like Paris Saint-Germain have done time and again, that a winning mentality can not be bought, no matter the amount of billions pumped into a club and players brought to a team. It’s something that’s ingrained and fostered over years and decades, winning time and again. As the old adage says, success breeds more success.

Guardiola, of course, has often been the architect of his own downfall in a lot of cases on Champions League nights, attempting to counteract every plausible scenario from the opposition that he kills the brilliance of his own side.

What happened against City at the Santiago Bernabéu would not happen to Liverpool, because Klopp’s men have a more robust mentality and have climbed to the top of the mountain before, and could do so again in just under three weeks’ time.

Guardiola was brought in not to win four Premier League titles out of the last five seasons, but to win the Champions League. And with City again missing out, and in spectacular fashion, he’s decided to take his frustrations out on Liverpool: the sign of a coach beginning to get a little tetchy with his inability to win a Champions League without Lionel Messi.

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