West Ham v Man City preview: Sofiane Feghouli avaliable but Fernandinho suspended
- Author: Stacy Allen Jan 06, 2017,
Jan 06, 2017, 0:48
Manchester City have outshone Manchester United in recent years but manager Pep Guardiola believes his team are still a decade away from closing the gap on their bitter rivals. I started playing football young and my career was on the pitch. But I am not thinking I am going to retire'. "I won't be training at 60 years old because I want to do something else in my life". "I feel the process of my goodbye has already started", he told the American broadcaster in the interview, which was recorded last month.
Midfielder Yaya Toure has challenged the Citizens to put a smile back on Guardiola's face with a dominant display in tomorrow morning's (Singapore time) FA Cup third-round clash at West Ham United.
His latest comments will definitely rile up the Manchester City faithful, and Manchester United fans will surely be smirking in glee.
City sit three points ahead of United in the Premier League table, but the Spaniard believes they need ten years of European football to catch their neighbours.
"We are going to fight until the end of the season for all the titles, of course, but I never said this club is below the others right now".
But the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss insisted that he was misinterpreted and that he had no intention of calling time on his City tenure any time soon.
Speaking in December, Guardiola said in quotes reported by The Times: "For the way they play, for the unpredictable things you can not control, I will need more time to achieve what I want for my team".
West Ham have recently returned to some decent form after an terrible start to the season, but most recently have lost to Manchester United and Leicester City following three wins in a row.
City have picked up four red cards in the Premier League this season, with Sergio Aguero sent off once and also being given a retrospective ban for an incident with West Ham defender Winston Reid.
"When I said to compare the history and the titles, Liverpool, United, Barcelona and Real Madrid, and these kind of clubs, we are behind".