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Feisty Pep Hits Back At 'Whispering' Rivals & LaLiga Chief

A feisty Pep Guardiola hit back at "whispering" Premier League rivals as well as LaLiga chief Javier Tebas in his first press conference since Manchester City's UEFA Champions League ban was overturned.

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The Spaniard did not give any team news ahead of his side's game against AFC Bournemouth on Wednesday, and instead focused on the ruling made by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in his club's favour.

"Jose (Mourinho) and other managers should know, we were damaged, we should be apologised to," he said when asked about Mourinho calling the ruling a "disgrace", according to The Independent.

"If we did something wrong, we will accept the decisions from UEFA and CAS because you did something wrong, but we don't expect Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea, Wolves, etc., to defend us, but we can defend ourselves.

"We have the right to defend ourselves when we believe what we have done is correct. It's right. Three independent judges said this. It was a good day for football as we play with the same rules as all the clubs in Europe, if we'd broke the rules we'd be banned. It would be nice but I don't think so. How many times people came to this club whispering on us?

"I'd like it to finish, I'd like to say people look in our eyes and if you have to say it, do it face to face. Then play on the pitch as rivals and if you beat us, don't hesitate, we'll shake hands and congratulate them.

"But they lost off the pitch, they have to go on the pitch and try beat us on the pitch. Like a sportsman. If we did something wrong we accept our ban, any departments – FIFA, UEFA, Premier League – we are here. But we can defend ourselves.

"After yesterday it was a great day for football, not a bad day, as it was shown we were playing the same way as other clubs. We can play in the Champions League next season as what we've done is right and proper. Go on the pitch now and play against us."

LaLiga president Javier Tebas questioned CAS' decision following the ruling on Monday, and Guardiola also had a message for his countryman.

"He's another one, this guy Senor Tebas must be so jealous of English football," he added, according to Manchester Evening News.

"He's an incredible legal expert from what I see, maybe next time I'll ask them which court and judges we have to go to.

"He has to be worried and concerned about LaLiga and focus on there, but normally with these kind of people when the sentence is good for him it is perfect – as has happened many times in Spain – but when it is against the problem is for the other ones.

"We will be in the Champions League next season, Senor Tebas, because what we did, we did it properly."

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Do you think Guardiola has a reason to be upset with his Premier League and LaLiga colleagues? Have your say in the comments section below.

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