Pep Guardiola has branded claims Manchester City were ‘arrogant’ during their pre-season tour of China as ‘false’ and ‘far away from reality’.
China’s state-run news agency Xinhua published an editorial which criticised the Premier League champions for their conduct while playing in the Asia Trophy last week.
Guardiola refused to accept Man City were disrespectful during their visit of China
While their three opponents, Newcastle, Wolves and West Ham, were all praised for doing all they could to involve themselves in the local culture, City were accused of visiting China to ‘win wallets, not hearts and minds’.
The editorial, headlined ‘Chinese fans’ love for Man City goes unreciprocated on home soil’, also claimed City would ‘leave China with neither’ after saying the other English teams won ‘a new-found respect and new fans’.
Guardiola disagrees with the editorial, however, saying in a press conference that the view published by Xinhua does not, in fact, mirror reality.
“I should say I don’t agree and also that it’s false,” said the City manager. “To make a statement like this they have to know exactly what happened here in our club.