Pep Guardiola has shrugged off Jurgen Klopp’s claim that Liverpool are still ‘Rocky Balboa not Ivan Drago’ by saying that he has learned to live with the pressure of being title favourites during nine years as a coach.
City kick off the new season at Arsenal on Sunday strongly tipped to become back-to-back champions, with Liverpool second favourites.
Despite spending £250million on new players in 2018, Klopp believes City are still the team to beat and used the Rocky IV film to emphasise his point.
‘The champions Manchester City did not lose any player and brought in (Riyad) Mahrez, so it doesn’t make them weaker,’ Klopp said earlier on Friday at his conference.
‘They are top-quality. We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago. We are the ones who have to do more, fight more, and that must be our attitude.’
Guardiola responded to Klopp’s ‘favourites’ assertion by saying: ‘Thank you, Jurgen. For nine years I’ve lived with it, no problem.
‘Every season except the first when I arrived (at Barcelona), when I had people who didn’t know I was a manager, since then we’ve been the favourites. But thank you, Jurgen, you are so kind.’