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“My life is better than yours” – Pep Guardiola issues brutal response to journalist’s question



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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola issued a brutal response to one journalist’s follow-up question during his post-Brentford press conference on Tuesday.

The City boss was speaking after Erling Haaland’s 71st minute strike against Thomas Frank’s men ensured all three points and the perfect reaction to Saturday evening’s disappointing 1-1 draw against Chelsea.

Brentford offered a stern challenge for the Premier League champions, defending in numbers and counter-attacking to great effect, testing both City’s attacking and defensive credentials as they chase an unprecedented fourth successive top-flight crown.

Haaland’s single goal also silenced a lot of doubters and criticism over the past few days, having notably missed a number of golden opportunities to win Manchester City all three points against Chelsea at the weekend.

Speaking to the media after the game, Pep Guardiola stated – as part of an answer around Erling Haaland and never doubting the Manchester City forward’s goalscoring capabilities – that he would never be a journalist and does not want to be one.

As such, The Athletic’s Sam Lee later went on to quiz Guardiola on exactly what is wrong with being a journalist, to which the City boss responded in brutal fashion, “I’m a manager, my life is better than yours, so that’s why I want to be a manager and I don’t want to be a journalist.”

“The biggest compliments all the time are said to me, I would be against you, absolutely. It’s not personal, especially with you, Mr Lee!”

Erling Haaland is likely to retain his place as Manchester City’s starting striker over the coming weeks, with a number of high-profile matches on the horizon, beginning with a return to Premier League duties this weekend.

The champions travel to the south coast on Saturday evening as they take on Bournemouth in the Premier League, hoping to maintain the pace with title rivals Liverpool and Arsenal, with City now sitting just one point behind Jurgen Klopp’s side.