Pep Guardiola confirms guard of honour for champions

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will form a guard of honour for new Premier League champions Liverpool when the sides meet on Thursday.

Liverpool took the Premier League crown City have worn for the last two years when they ended their own 30-year quest for a league title last Thursday, after Guardiola’s side were beaten at Stamford Bridge.

When football resumed after lockdown earlier this month, Liverpool’s upcoming trip to the Etihad Stadium had been earmarked as the potentially decisive game in the title race.

But City’s loss at Chelsea put Liverpool mathematically out of reach and Guardiola feels it would be sporting to pay tribute to Jurgen Klopp’s side.

“Of course we are going to do it,” said Guardiola. “We are going to do the guard of honour, of course.

“Always we receive Liverpool when they come to our house in an incredible way. They cannot complain and, of course, we are going to do it because they deserve it.”

 

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