Guardiola takes swipe at Arsenal’s off-field antics — CAS ACQUITTAL

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists he is excited ahead of Champions League clash with Real Madrid.

Guardiola refused to elaborate on his view but the BBC are reporting the City manager's jibe centred around the club's appeal against a two-season ban from European football, with Arsenal reportedly amongst the chief instigators behind a request from eight Premier League sides not to allow a delay to the ban pending appeal.

Seeking to reach the FA Cup final for the second successive year, holders Manchester City were instead undone at Wembley by goals in either half from Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

City's FA Cup semi-final defeat to the Gunners over the weekend ended their hopes of a domestic treble this season.

Guardiola was impressed by Arsenal's play under his former assistant Mikel Arteta, but he made a distinction in his thoughts about the north London club when it comes to their approach away from the pitch. The opponents always deserve my respect and credit.

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The Spaniard wants his side to use this week's closing Premier League games against Watford and Norwich to rediscover their best. "I have all the respect for what Arsenal are on the pitch, not a lot off the pitch - but on the pitch, a great deal". "Congratulations to them and good luck in the final", he said in a post-match press conference, as per The Athletic. I don't have to tell them.

Meanwhile, Guardiola says he is "optimistic" as City prepare to resume their bid for Champions League glory against Real Madrid.

"We have two weeks and we want to play the final (of the Champions League). It happened because something was wrong and it is something we'll work on next season".

"We are going to play the next two games".

"In one world where everyone sacks everyone, for managers to keep doing the same job for a long time is so hard".

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