If there is one thing that still irritates Pep Guardiola, it is the suggestion that his success in the Premier League is only due to money. After City got rid of the charge of breaking UEFA Financial Fair Play rules by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which suspended the decision that prevented the club from participating in European competitions for two years, the Spanish coach was inflamed in refuting the idea that money was the big engine behind his last two national titles.

For Guardiola, who was twice champion with City in 2018 and 2019, the team is nothing unusual when it comes to spending a lot on players. The Spaniard, whose team is still battling for the Champions League title this season, said Manchester United and Arsenal had also invested heavily to win the English league.

“When Chelsea start winning championships, they invested more money than the others,” Guardiola told reporters. “I’m a good coach, but I don’t win titles if I don’t have good players, and good players are expensive, but all clubs spend a lot of money.”