Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola aimed a massive dig at Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu over his comments on the Citizens' UEFA Champions League ban.
The former Barca coach while commenting on the ban ignited a fire and his former club's boss with a thinly veiled suggestion that the Catalan club might also not be clean after all.
"So, they're happy with our ban? Barcelona shouldn't call themselves taller than us, because they also could get involved in a situation such as this one. I don't know if they spied on me, but they didn't need to, they know me," Guardiola said.
He made the comments after Man City beat West Ham 2-0 in an English Premier League match on Wednesday evening at Etihad Stadium.
He expressed optimism that the club will be exonerated from any wrongdoing and the ban will be lifted before next season's Champions League.
"We are going to fight like we have fought every single game and day we are together until the end of the season. We are optimistic that at the end the truth will prevail and next season we will be in the Champions League," the boss added.
The former Bayern Munich coach also revealed that there's no doubt in hi mind where he will be coaching next season.
"If they don't sack me I will stay here 100% more than ever. First, because I want to stay. It's something special, more than the contract I have. I said before, I say now I want to stay and help the club and maintain this level as long as possible. Why should I leave? When I said I love this club I like to be here, why should I leave? No matter what happens I will be here next season," Guardiola concluded.
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