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Alan Shearer showed rigour and bravery to stand up to Pep Guardiola’s rant over fixture congestion

Alan Shearer showed rigour and bravery to stand up to Pep Guardiola’s rant over fixture congestion

[ad_1] Have we reached peak pundit? Three were stationed close to the FA Cup and BBC Sport’s pitchside plinth after Manchester City’s win over Chelsea, alongside Gary Lineker, and Jermaine Jenas on gantry detail. So five former footballers to pontificate over the 22 involved at Wembley, a 1:4.4 ratio for now but due to rising budgets and inflation over the next decade we can look forward to the era of one ex-pro per player. Pep Guardiola arrived for his post-match debrief, greeted with risky familiarity by Lineker who plonked a welcoming hand onto the manager’s shoulder. No complaints from Guardiola but in doing so Lineker wobbled and nearly unseated the trophy from its table off his starboard bow. Forget about the BBC Gladiators revival, we almost had a reboot of Auntie’s Sporting Bloomers. The discussion which followed summed up several unwelcome trends in football. Lineker shaped for a gentle line of inquiry about the challenges of facing Chelsea after defeat to Real Madrid in midweek, and the pride Guardiola surely felt about his players making …

‘Doubt again. We’ll see what happens’: Pep Guardiola’s message to City critics | Manchester City

‘Doubt again. We’ll see what happens’: Pep Guardiola’s message to City critics | Manchester City

[ad_1] Pep Guardiola has warned Manchester City’s rivals to not doubt his team after they won their fifth major trophy of the year. City beat Fluminense in the Club World Cup final on Friday but return to the Premier League six points behind the leaders, Arsenal with a game in hand. City breezed to victory in the semi-final and final in Saudi Arabia but have won once in their past six league games. They travel to face Sean Dyche’s resurgent Everton on Wednesday night as they look to get their title challenge back on track. “In the moment you don’t win there are going to be doubts but that is what is nice,” Guardiola said. “That is OK. Doubt again. We’ll see what happens. I said a few days ago when we played incredibly well against Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Tottenham and we didn’t win, it’s the real proof that they don’t care about the way we play. We played quite similar to the best levels we have played these past eight years. But we …