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Pep Guardiola hits back at Gary Neville over claims his style won’t win the Premier League

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has responded to remarks made by Gary Neville about his philosophy.

Gary Neville needs to keep his nosy beak out of all things Manchester City.

That’s effectively what Pep Guardiola is trying to say if you read between the lines from his latest interview.

The City manager was quizzed about recent remarks made by Neville with regards to the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager’s philosophy.

Gary Neville believes Pep Guardiola may have to change his style to win the Premier League

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Gary Neville believes Pep Guardiola may have to change his style to win the Premier League

The Manchester United great turned outspoken pundit believes Guardiola’s unique style means he would have to buck the trend to win the Premier League, as previous champions have all been physically imposing.

Neville claims fielding an attacking quintet of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus – as City have in recent months – will eventually get exposed defensively.

Pep Guardiola hit back at comments made by Gary Neville

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Pep Guardiola hit back at comments made by Gary Neville

But Guardiola had a pretty emphatic response to the comments.

“Gary Neville only played in England, he didn’t play in other countries so he cannot compare,” he said.

“The games have to be more physical, but in Germany they are still physical and at Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid it’s the same.

“Football is football everywhere. The contract is more allowed [in the Premier League] – that is the only difference.

“To compare, my advice would be to play in other countries.”

In other words – keep your trap shut, Gary.

Guardiola’s City fell way behind Premier League leaders Chelsea in the latter months of the season but Saturday’s 2-1 win over Leicester effectively confirmed a top four spot.

Gabriel Jesus scored the decisive goal for Manchester City against Leicester

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Gabriel Jesus scored the decisive goal for Manchester City against Leicester

Can they mount a better title challenge next season? Or does Neville have a point?

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