Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Saturday, June 23, 2018 10:25:29 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Guardiola refuses to start fresh Mourinho war of words

By
29th-Dec-2017       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

AFP, Newcastle :

Pep Guardiola refused to be drawn into a war of words with Jose Mourinho after Manchester City maintained their impressive progress towards the Premier League title.
City stretched their commanding advantage at the top to 15 points over Manchester United as Raheem Sterling sealed a 1-0 win at Newcastle to record an 18th consecutive league victory, one short of Bayern Munich's current best for Europe's top five leagues of 19 straight wins.
United manager Mourinho attempted to provoke Guardiola on Tuesday after pointing to their rivals' huge spending power by claiming "City buy full-backs for the price of strikers" and insisting that the o300 million ($402 million) he has spent since taking charge at Old Trafford 18 months ago as "not enough".
Mourinho paid o93 million to sign France midfielder Paul Pogba, while also recruiting o30 million defender Eric Bailly, and midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan for o26.3 million.
This year, United spent o75 million on striker Romelu Lukaku, as well as o31 million on defender Victor Lindelof and o40 million for midfielder Nemanja Matic.
In comparison, City bought three defenders-Kyle Walker from Tottenham for an initial o45 million, Benjamin Mendy from Monaco for o52 million and Danilo from Real Madrid for o26.5 million as part of a summer outlay that topped o200 million.
When asked about the comments made by the Portuguese, Guardiola said: "I'm so delighted to be here to speak about what happened on the pitch.
"About what happened with my colleague speaking off the pitch in the press conference, I'm not the right guy. You want to talk about what happened today on the pitch, I will answer."
City remain on course to win the title in record time after equalling Chelsea's English top flight record of 11 consecutive away wins.
But Guardiola will await medical updates on Vincent Kompany, after the injury-prone skipper limped off with a recurrence of a long-term calf problem. City face a minimum of eight games in 34 days in a hectic start to the New Year, and Guardiola added: "Of course we are happy to break records but when we prepare for games we don't speak about them. Until now, we have found a way to win.
"I saw the schedule in my office the other day and I wanted to escape, because it's terrible. The games we are going to play, it's tough.
"We've played all these games in December then in January you have the Carabao Cup and FA Cup and then the return of the Champions League in February.  "It will be tough but it will also be tough for our opponents."
Guardiola's opposite number Rafa Benitez hit back at criticism of his negative approach after his team slid to a fifth consecutive home defeat, Newcastle's worst run at St James' Park for 64 years to leave them just a point above the bottom three after one win in their last 11 matches.
Substitute Dwight Gayle almost snatched a dramatic late equaliser to in-part justify the manager's ultra-cautious approach, and the Spaniard said: "We were in the game until the end and very close to getting a point against a very good team."
Newcastle face the key visit of relegation rivals Brighton before the turn of the year, and Benitez added: "We have a couple of games in the space of a few days against teams near the bottom of the table and hopefully we'll have some of our injured players back before then."

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Trump disregards the American core human right values : He is against America`s greatness


The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, condemning the "hypocrisy" of its members and its alleged "unrelenting bias" against Israel vividly face-off US stance in favour of rights violation. National and international news outlets reported that the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, ...

Entertainment »

Kriti Sanon shares glimpses from her IIFA performance


Actress Kriti Sanon took to social media to share glimpses from her upcoming electrifying performance at the IIFA awards. Kriti Sanon who landed in Bangkok on Thursday morning for IIFA wasted no time as she took to rehearsals for her much-awaited performance. Sharing insights into her performances, Kriti Sanon posted ...

Entertainment »

A fan paints a wall with Nidhhi Agerwal’s graffiti art


An ardent fan of Nidhhi Agerwal took to Twitter to share a Graffiti art of the actress painted on a wall. The fan artist painted a wall with the actress’ image giving showcasing his love for Nidhhi. The artist spent a huge amount of time getting every detail right to ...

Business & Economy »

Amir Uddin, Board Chairman of Al-Arafah Islami Bank Limited, presiding over its 117th meeting at the banks head office in the city on Thursday. Md. Abdus Salam, Abdul Malek Mollah, Khalid Rahim, members of the committee and Habibur Rahman, Managing Director of the bank were also present.


International »

North, South Korea discuss reunion for families separated by war


Reuters, Seoul :Delegations from North and South Korea met on Friday for talks to arrange the first reunions in about three years for families separated by the Korean War, with the Red Cross paving the way.The effort is among the steps promised by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and ...

International »

Melania visits border, Congress flails on family separations


AFP, Mcallen :Melania Trump made a surprise trip to the US-Mexican border on Thursday as her husband's administration seeks to quell a firestorm over migrant family separations, while Republican lawmakers were forced to delay a high-stakes vote on the crisis.While President Donald Trump's administration struggled to formulate next steps, the ...

Football »

Croatia`s fans celebrate after the match on Thursday.


Football »

Lukaku tells how poverty fired World Cup dream


AFP, Moscow :Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku realised how poor his family was when he saw his mother watering down the milk. The football talent he is showcasing at the World Cup was their passport out of poverty.The Manchester United man has opened up about growing up in Antwerp and his ...

City »

Different kind of fruits have been arranged at the National Fruits Fair in the city's Khamarbari on Friday. The Ministry of Agriculture organizes the fair.


City »

Shikshak-Karmachari Federation of Non-MPO Institutions staged a sit-in in front of the Jatiya Press Club for the 13th consecutive day on Friday with a call to enlist recognised non-MPO institutions under MPO.


Editorial »

Addressing the causes of people`s displacement is the real option for tackling the refugee crisis


LIKE many other countries, World Refugee Day was observed in the country on Wednesday at a time when the world's third largest refugee group Rohingya is living in the overcrowded camps in Cox's Bazar. The UNHCR reported that 68.5 million people are living in different refugee camps across the world. ...

Football »

Denmark`s Christian Eriksen is congratulated by his teammate Yussuf Yurary Poulsen after scoring the opening goal during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the World Cup match in Samara, Russia on Thursday. Denmark, Australia match ended 1-1 draw.


Football »

Spain's Diego Costa (right) celebrates with his teammate Isco after scoring his side's opening goal during the group B match between Iran and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, on Wednesday.


Entertainment »

Neetu to ring in her birthday with Rishi Kapoor in Paris


Neetu Kapoor will soon be turning 60 on July 8 and if the latest reports are to be believed, the actress already has special plans. Neetu Kapoor will soon be flying to Paris to ring in her birthday with husband Rishi Kapoor, son Ranbir Kapoor, daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni and ...

Entertainment »

Salman to kick-start the shooting schedule of Bharat on July 17


Priyanka Chopra and Salman Khan are ready to be seen together on the big screen after a decade in Bharat. The film also stars Disha Patani and is an adaptation of South Korean film, Ode to My Father. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, this project has been in the limelight ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news