Angry Guardiola blasts Chinese media after pre-season tour

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola blasted a report in Chinese state media as “false” on Tuesday after the Premier League champions were accused of showing “utter disrespect” during their tour of China.
Image result for chinese man city fansThe Premier League winning gaffer hit out at the lengthy commentary posted on the English-language website of Xinhua, the state news agency, which said Manchester City snubbed fans and only visited China for commercial reasons.


“I don’t agree but I should say too that it’s false. To make a statement like this they have to know exactly what’s happening in our club, I don’t understand how people can say that. Maybe one journalist is a little bit upset, I don’t know why. But it’s far away from what is a reality.” Guardiola told media in Hong Kong.
Image result for man city china fansThe opinion piece, which accused City of an “attitude of arrogance” and lashed out at arrangements for Chinese media, brought a sour end to a difficult tour of mainland China.
Image result for man city china fansA frazzled City — minority-owned by a Chinese state investment company — arrived two days late and played two games in four days, before heading off for further friendlies in Hong Kong and Japan.


“So we came here, 23 hours. One day later we travelled two hours by train to play in another city, then came back to Shanghai and nowhere, and then we’re going to Tokyo, and always with the biggest smile. We don’t sleep that well during the night but we had good training sessions. I’m impressed with all my players, what they have done so far.” Guardiola said.
Image result for man city china fansGuardiola, who earlier said the whirlwind visit was all about “survival”, will take City into the Community Shield, the English season’s curtain-raiser, against Liverpool in less than two weeks.
Image result for man city china fansEngland striker Raheem Sterling said he thought the players had made a “really good connection” with fans during their time in China.
Image result for sterling china tour“We took a little bit longer than we expected to get to China, the turnaround was a bit fast and there was a lot we had to catch up on as well. A lot of us have been struggling with sleep, But no, in China I thought it was a great experience. We all loved it.” he said.
Image result for guardiola china tourGuardiola also insisted he felt completely safe in Hong Kong, which has been rocked by weeks of anti-government protests and where a stick-wielding mob indiscriminately attacked people at a railway station on Sunday, injuring dozens.
Image result for man city china fans“I’m pretty sure that people are going to reach an agreement,” he said. “Just sit and talk like human beings. Both sides talk and talk and they are going to solve the problem.” Wednesday’s friendly against Hong Kong club Kitchee could be affected by the political turmoil, as there have been calls for a protest against Hong Kong police during the game.