Manchester City boss,Pep Guardiola has said creating a breakaway,European Super League competition for Europe’s top clubs would “kill” domestic football and that, he sees will not happen in England.
Reports are making rounds that Bayern Munich and their chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge might attempt to lead the creation of a new competition for Europe’s biggest clubs since late 2018, and Guardiola is one of many to have voiced their concern.
And Guardiola when asked about his views on a breakaway league, told Catalan daily newspaper Ara, he doesn’t buy into the idea;
“I do not agree much with the idea. Someone should explain to me [why it’s a good idea].
“If it happens we’ll kill the leagues. If Barca and Madrid go and they do not play against Espanyol, who will follow the league? The Spanish league will die.
“In England they are very intelligent, the grounds of the fourth division are full. England will not let this essence of local football die.”
The City boss has only failed Champions League during an otherwise hugely successful three-year spell at Manchester City after they fell to Tottenham in the round of 16.
However, he still expressed his appreciation for the Champions League’s format while making it clear he does not see an alternative European competition as the way forward for anyone.
“Part of the greatness of the Champions League is that it is not every Sunday,” said Guardiola. “If games were every week it would lose its charm.
“Barcelona v Espanyol is very necessary for the city. And the more Catalan teams in La Liga, the better.
“If we kill the domestic leagues, nobody will be interested in watching teams that do not have the chance to go to the European league,he added.