Register Login Scores

UEFA Champions League

Reports: What Guardiola Told His Players After Shock UCL Ban

Following the ruling that Manchester City will be banned from the UEFA Champions League for the next two seasons, what Pep Guardiola told his players after the club received the news has now reportedly been reported.

Click through the mini-gallery above to see City's five best-paid players!

This past Friday, it was announced that the Citizens would not be allowed to play in the Champions League in the 2020/21 and 2021/22 campaigns. 

On top of that, City were slapped with a huge £25 million (R480 million), all for committing "serious breaches" of Financial Fair Play rules between 2012 and 2016, lying about their books and failing to co-operate with the investigation. 

The news was believed to have come as a surprise to all of those involved with the club, and especially its players and coaching staff, including head boss Guardiola. 

Download The Soccer Laduma Social Media App & Earn Airtime for Selfies!

The Spaniard, however, was said to have responded by trying to turn this negative into a positive, using the ban as motivation for his players to perform to the best of their capabilities against Real Madrid in their upcoming round of 16 UCL tie. 

According to The Athletic, Guardiola urged his players to be "more concentrated and focused than ever" ahead of their clashes with Los Blancos, who, before last season, won the tournament three years in a row. 

It has also been claimed that the 49-year-old told his team to not worry about what they cannot control, and that if they were to win both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup, they will have won seven of eight available domestic trophies since the beginning of last season. 

Reports: European Giants Want Pep & Van Dijk

City announced immediately after the ban that they will appeal the ruling, with reports also suggesting that the club has decided it will not play the Champions League theme song when they host Real at the Etihad stadium. 

Do you think City could still win this season's UCL? Let us know in the comments section below. 


Top 5

Rakhale To Sign For Gauteng Club In Next Move?

21 Jul 30, 2020 08:48 AM in PSL

11 South African-born Players Who Represented Other Countries

21 Jul 11, 2020 08:01 PM in African Football

Khune’s Message To The Chiefs Supporters

27 Jul 30, 2020 08:05 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

10 Footballers Who Were Rich Before Football

7 Jul 24, 2020 07:16 PM in International

Official: Xulu Signs In Europe

37 Jul 29, 2020 10:55 AM in PSL

Yeye Picks Himself In Best Chiefs Team Of His Era

22 Aug 01, 2020 02:34 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Messi Linked With €260m Move

9 Aug 02, 2020 07:55 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Chiefs Snubbed As Shabba Opens Fresh Talks…

10 Jul 30, 2020 02:32 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Report: Juventus Beat Man Utd To EPL Star

4 Aug 02, 2020 11:31 AM in Serie A

Breakthrough For Chiefs’ Latest Deal…

22 Jul 30, 2020 11:23 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Confirmed: TTM Taken To FIFA Again!

11 Jul 29, 2020 11:31 PM in PSL

10 Footballers Who Lied About Their Age

52 May 10, 2020 07:16 PM in International

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

11 May 20, 2020 08:32 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Breakthrough For Chiefs’ Latest Deal…

22 Jul 30, 2020 11:23 AM in Kaizer Chiefs