Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho agree on Manchester City’s financial situation amid new role
Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho have already spoken about spending on football amid Manchester City’s recent Premier League charge.
Legendary former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has never hidden his thoughts on spending on football.
Manchester City were indicted by the Premier League on Monday for alleged financial violations after a four-year investigation leaves the defending champions potentially facing serious punishment. Wenger spoke about Citizens’ approach to spending in 2020, when Pep Guardiola’s side faced UEFA Financial Fair Play sanctions, urging teams to abide by the rules.
“I think this is a profound question, sport is winning by respecting the rules, that’s what it’s all about”, he said during the Laureus Awards. “We celebrate the best in all sports, but we want to know they play by the rules.
“If there is no respect for the rules, then it is not a real sport, so I think that is the most important thing, the rules exist, so you have to respect them. Once you enter a competition, you sign up agreeing to accept the rules.”
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Similarly, former Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho echoed Wenger’s sentiment when he spoke about City’s alleged financial breaches. Speaking in 2020, Mourinho said: “Regarding the decision, in any case, it is a shameful decision. If Man City are not to blame, being punished for a few million is a disgrace.
“If you are not guilty, you are not punished. On the other hand, if you are guilty, you should be banned. So it is also a shameful decision. Either way, it is a disaster.
“If you’re not guilty, you don’t pay. I’m not saying Manchester City are guilty. I’m saying if you’re not guilty, you don’t pay. You don’t get punished, even with a pound.” easy for them, but it’s just a beginning. Why are you paying £8-9 million if you’re not at fault? If they are not guilty, the decision is a disgrace.”
“If you are guilty, the decision is also a shame. If you are guilty, you should be banned from the competition. My criticism is not for Manchester City. I am nobody to know if they are guilty or not. My criticism is for decision.”
Kieran Trippier details how he will try to stop Marcus Rashford in the League Cup final against Manchester United
The pair will meet at Wembley this month when Manchester United take on Newcastle for the first time of the season.
Newcastle star Kieran Trippier says he will look to contain the threat of Marcus Rashford in the League Cup final against Manchester United this month by keeping him “locked in”.
United are looking to end their five-and-a-half-year trophy drought at Wembley on February 26, as Newcastle go into their first final in 24 years without winning a trophy since 1955.
The suspended Casemiro will be back in time for the clash, with Marcus Rashford expected to lead the Reds’ attack down the left. He is the club’s top scorer with 19 goals this season.
His goal in the semi-final first leg against Nottingham Forest made him the first United player to score five or more League Cup goals since Carlos Tevez’s six in 2008/09.
Trippier is aware of Rashford’s form this period and will be the man responsible for keeping him quiet on the flank. Speaking to Rio Ferdinand’s FIVE YouTube show, he revealed his mindset ahead of the final.
“Yes, it will be important [to defend Rashford]. It’s about the areas of the pitch where I can get tight, when I can pull away.
“But I can’t worry about him, I need to get him to chase me back to his target. I need to be in front, I need to think positive about retreating. I need to keep him. I trapped him as much as I could so he wouldn’t be a threat near the our goal.
“This is going to be haaaaaaaaaaaard, it’s going to be hard, but I’m going to do everything I can to have him follow me and track me back.”
In addition to his 19 goals, Rashford added eight assists this campaign, including two in the semi-final second leg win over Forest.