*As City beat West Ham 2-0
Pep Guardiola, in his first press conference since being confronted with the possibility of a two-year Champions League ban for Manchester Cityover alleged breaches of UEFA’s financial fair play regulations, said he was confident in his club’s ability to defend its position and that he hoped they would be playing in Europe next year, reports The Guardian.
Speaking after the 2-0 Premier League victory against West Ham, the City manager insisted the matter was not finished. “The club believes it is unfair so we are going to appeal and we are going to wait,” Guardiola said. “I trust 100% what my club have said and what they have done, they have explained to me the reasons. We are going to fight, and we are optimistic that next season, if we qualify for the Champions League, we will be there.”
Of the actual West Ham victory, Guardiola said he was happy with the amount of aggression his side had shown, which was not something anyone was likely to hear from David Moyes. “Few teams come here to be open, we tried to be well-organised defensively,” the West Ham manager said. “We did a decent job. We were not good enough to win the game [West Ham did not manage a shot on target] but maybe at the end of the season goal difference will be important.”