Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has apologized to former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard during his latest press conference.
The 52-year-old Spaniard boss, Guardiola issued a heartfelt apology to the former England playmaker Steven Gerrard for bizarrely mocking the former England international over his mistake in Liverpool’s title loss to Chelsea in 2014.
The City manager, tendered his candid apology to 42-year-old Stephen Gerrard who most recently managed Premier League club Aston Villa, just days after Manchester City had been accused of breaching over 100 Premier League regulations, with many having to do with their financial accounts between 2009 and 2018.
While defending Manchester City’s Premier League charge, the Spaniard coach discussed the legitimacy of the light blue’s outfit achievements in English football over the last decade.
Pep Guardiola then appeared to ridicule Steven Gerrard and his awful slip in the 2-0 Premier League loss to Chelsea in April 2014.
Jose Mourinho was the Blue’s coach when the Reds skipper, Gerrard placed on the halfway line, received the ball from team-mate Mamadou Sakho before slipping his foot, permitting Demba Ba to snatch the ball and subsequently hand Chelsea the lead.
The costly mistake by the Reds captain prevented Liverpool from having their first premier league title triumph in 25 years.
During the passionate defense of the Etihad club, Guardiola aimed a dig at the former Liverpool skipper and England midfielder, Gerrard saying Manchester City is not the cause of his failure.
Guardiola said: “I don’t know if we are responsible for Steven Gerrard slipping. Do you know about that situation at Anfield? I didn’t want it out of respect for Steven Gerrard, but is it our fault?”
Manchester City clinched the premier league titles in the 2019 and 2022 campaigns, beating Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to lift the trophies by one point difference twice.
Guardiola added: “The moments that we lived these years together, the Premier League will decide…but I know what we won and the way we won it. I know the effort we put in. If something happened in 2009 or 2010 it is not going to change one second.”
However, speaking ahead of Manchester City’s top-of-the-table fierce clash against former assistant coach Arteta’s side, the Spaniard manager said: “I apologize to Steven Gerrard for my unnecessary and stupid comments I said last time to him.”
“He knows how I admire him and his career, what he has done for this country where I’m living and training. I am ashamed of myself for what I said because he doesn’t deserve it.”
Guardiola admits his comments against the former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard on his disgraceful slip against Chelsea were absurd and he shouldn’t have made such a ridiculous remark while defending his club.
He added: “I truly believe in my comments in my previous press conference to defend my club but I didn’t represent my club well putting his name in these stupid comments.”
On Guardiola’s City EPL charge, the Premier League’s findings after a four-year investigation will be presented in front of an independent commission, which will determine whether or not Manchester City will face further punishment.
Meanwhile, Manchester City will embark on a trip to North London to face league toppers Arsenal on Wednesday, 15th of February in a top-of-the-table fierce Premier League clash.
The match will take place at Emirate Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 8:30 pm.
Manchester City is behind league toppers Arsenal by three points which means City will level up on the same points as the Gunners if Guardiola defeats his former apprentice, Arteta.
However, Arsenal can still broaden the space as they still have one outstanding game.