Man City boss Pep Guardiola responds to Jose Mourinho’s claim about postponement

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Dom Le Roy

Pep Guardiola has claimed the Premier League has made the right decision to postpone some top flight fixtures amid the spread of the new variant of COVID-19.

There has an increase in the number of daily positive cases in the UK over recent weeks, with the new variant said to be more dangerous than the first one.

As a result, Tier 4 restrictions have been imposed almost all across the country, which has meant that nearly all Premier League matches are now once again played behind closed doors.

Tottenham’s clash against Fulham and Manchester City’s clash against Everton had to be called off this week due to several positive tests in Fulham’s and City’s camp.

Reports indicated that Tottenham were not pleased with the lack of communication from Fulham, with the game being postponed just a matter of hours before kick-off.

Jose Mourinho said on Friday that he found the situational ‘unprofessional’ but Pep Guardiola has insisted that clubs and the Premier League are doing the right thing given the unprecedented circumstances.

The Manchester City boss told The Daily Star: “I prefer the statement from Carlo Ancelotti than the statement from the club. We were clear.

“We spoke with the Premier League and I called Carlo personally to announce the situation and said ‘OK, we’re going to leave the clubs to do what they have to do and the Premier League.’

“We’d have loved to play Everton. We would have loved to play that game but unfortunately I think the Premier League decided, wisely, for the welfare of everyone, to not increase the cases and increase the situation given that in two or three days there were seven people, who we were in touch with every day, who had tested positive.

“There are clubs making statements complaining about this, when it’s just (City) taking care of the health (of staff), when a lot of people in the UK are dying every day and every day a lot of people are being contaminated. What can you say? The world is crazy.”

Spurs Web Opinion

What Guardiola has said is true and I do not believe he was having a go at Jose Mourinho despite how the Daily Star has reported his statement. Besides, I do not think Mourinho objected to the game being called off. I saw his “unprofessional” remark as a dig at Fulham.

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