There were proposals for Manchester City to send Liverpool an honour guard when the two sides meet on Thursday. City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed after talking with the Premier League administration, (via) that the celebration will still be taking place.
The recent 2-1 defeat to Chelsea by City meant that they will no longer be able to catch Liverpool at the top of the table, ending the Red’s 30-year wait for a league title.
Now, Guardiola has confirmed that his side will give Liverpool an honour to pay tribute to their victory in the Premier League. This is after City leaders consulted with the Premier League to decide whether it would be appropriate to do so in the current environment.
“Of course, we are going to do it,” said Guardiola. “We are going to do the guard of honour, of course.
“Always we receive Liverpool when they come to our house in an incredible way. They cannot complain and, of course, we are going to do it because they deserve it.”
However, he warned Liverpool that they still have a long way to go before they match the kind of domestic dominance that Guardiola has enjoyed since coming to England in 2016.
“A team that wins eight titles (trophies) in the last three years have passion, in every single game, in every competition, everywhere,” he began. “No one in this country can say that.
“It is so difficult to do what we have done in the most difficult league in the world but you cannot win all the time.
“There was one team that was exceptional and, when one team is exceptional, I say learn from them and congratulate them. It is simple. This team’s passion and desire, it is going and going and going again.”
In the end, Guardiola turned his attention to the campaign’s end. They booked their semi-final spot in the FA Cup thanks to a 2-0 victory over Newcastle. Now, they’re hoping to reach the FA Cup finals:
“We are delighted after the defeat against Chelsea to be in London again at Wembley to play against Arsenal in the semi-final to try to reach the final of the FA Cup.”
The boss also hopes that winning the competition will help prepare them for a clash with Real Madrid in the Champions League:
“Always it’s an incredible trophy and it gives us an extra bonus. We spoke after what happened in the Premier League – we need two more victories to qualify for Champions League.
“But we have two competitions we can win. We made the first step today. It will be good to arrive against Real Madrid in the best condition. To win this title would be the best way to prepare for Madrid.”