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Pep Guardiola: Manchester City's success not just down to money

07 November 2018

Jose Mourinho claims he suspected Manchester City may have been breaching Financial Fair Play rules after allegations emerged against the Sky Blues.

Manchester City created a shell company for a commercial deal to disguise tens of millions of dollars in income from UEFA investigators, according to club documents cited by a German magazine.

Etihad Airways said in a statement: "The airline's financial obligations, associated with the partnership of the club and the broader City Football Group, have always been, and remain, the sole liability and responsibility of Etihad Airways". "What I can say personally on the club, of course I trust the club what they have done".

"UEFA should do its job in terms of enforcing FFP because, as we have said before, both Manchester City and PSG are not complying with FFP rules". "All the ideas that we have, without good players we can not do them", said the Spaniard.

"Believe me, I'm completely honest, I don't know what happened, I'm a manager, focused on the pitch, and the locker room".

City thrashed Southampton 6-1 at the weekend to pile more pressure onto Saints manager Mark Hughes but, despite the scoreline, Guardiola was not completely happy with his side's defending.

He added: "I'm part of the club, I support the club. But internal emails tell a different story, providing evidence of backdated contracts, illusory sponsoring payments and cavalier, "We can do what we want", business practices".

"In terms of undermining what we have done or not, opinions are free in those terms".

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Guardiola went on to acknowledge the significant factor of Sheikh Mansour's investment in his side's success and how it will colour any future achievements in the eyes of some observers. We have to accept it.

"That is an issue that will always stay here". To achieve a certain level you need time and money.

Documents also suggested that Abu Dhabi United Group had invested more than £1.1bn in 2012, four years after Sheikh Mansour took over the club.

"When I was in Catalonia and in Germany, always I listened to the boys [saying] Manchester City has just money". We have to live with it.

'I have thoughts from a few years ago but I keep the thoughts to myself, ' he said at his pre-match press conference ahead of United's clash with Juventus on Wednesday. People are saying that the club has only won because we have money. "Everyone here is very professional and they try to do things in the right way".

'The big clubs they have to spend on good players.

'You have to accept it when people say you win just because of money so we do accept it. Gianni Infantino, the Federation Internationale de Football Association president, was alleged at the weekend to have struck a secret deal with the club when he was at Uefa which meant they avoided a Champions League ban.

Pep Guardiola: Manchester City's success not just down to money