Pep Guardiola admitted Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak is unhappy with him over the club’s failed title defence.
City were denied a hat-trick of titles by the relentless brilliance of newly-crowned champions Liverpool, whom they trail by 21 points with three games left.
Guardiola revealed Al Mubarak is dismayed by the size of the gap between City and Liverpool, who went toe-to-toe for the title last season, with the Blues winning by a solitary point.
“Internally, when I don’t like something, I say to my chairman,” said Guardiola.
“My chairman is not happy with me. We’ll finish 21 or 23 points behind Liverpool.
“He’s not happy with me, but we discuss internally to try and do better next season, to convince them, but always on the pitch.”
The Catalan manager was in fine form during his press conference ahead of Wednesday’s game against Bournemouth, and was asked a number of questions about the big news that their two-year European ban has been overturned following an appeal.
“I’m incredibly happy for the decision” Guardiola said. “It shows that everything people said about the club was not true. We will defend on the pitch what we won on the pitch.
“Today is a good day, yesterday was a good day for football because we play by the same FFP rules as all the clubs in Europe. If we had broken FFP, we would have been banned but we have to defend ourselves because we were right and three judges gave us the reason.
“People said we were cheating and lying many times and the presumption of innocence was not there. After, when we were proved right we were incredibly happy because we can again defend what we have done on the pitch.”