Pep Guardiola fires back at Man Utd icon Gary Neville over 'boring' Man City jibe


Pep Guardiola has responded to Gary Neville's comments about Manchester City being "boring" and says his team is loved all over the world. Ex-Manchester United defender Neville said that watching City play is difficult - because they're so dominant.

City have won five of the last six Premier League titles and Neville said on Stick To Football: "I saw a post from a Liverpool fan that said he watched every single one of Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United games in the Champions League, because there was that feeling that there was always going to be excitement one way or the other – they'd lose, or they'd win and the game would be exciting.

You just can't watch City, it's almost like they've ruined it a little bit. To call City boring would be wrong, because the football they play is outstanding, but I actually thought they were boring. I found it difficult to watch them. Since Erling Haaland's gone [with an injury] they're a bit more imperfect."

But Guardiola thinks Neville doesn't understand how tough it is to keep winning trophies. The City manager isn't worried if critics like Neville don't like his team, because he knows true football fans do.

City have won 11 games in a row before their big game with Chelsea on Saturday night (5.30pm) at the Etihad, and they're trying to win two trebles in a row. Guardiola told people like Neville that he's made a team that will always be remembered.

He said: "Thank you for the compliment! What can I say? Everything is so difficult in football. You have to do so many things to try to win games over many years.

"What these players have done for many years - and this season as well - is unbelievable.

"We have credit. We are admired. I am pretty sure of that. The people in the world of football know how difficult it is being six or seven years there, one week and the other one, in all competitions.

"Sometimes (for) people it is not enough, what we are doing, but I know how difficult it is.

"If people don't appreciate it, it doesn't matter. It's not a big, big problem. I am going to tell you something. In the future, you will not forget (his City team). It looks easy, but it's not. Remember that sentence, it's easy, but it's not."

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