Guardiola told Tebas to learn from the Premier League’s business model
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola considered that La Liga president Javier Tebas needs to learn from the English Premier League to strengthen the Spanish championship.
Taiba has criticized City’s buying power in the past, accusing it of violating UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules and complaining about “state-owned football clubs”.
City were provisionally expelled from the Champions League for violating FFP regulations in 2020, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned the penalty after an appeal.
“The Premier League that can be seen in Asia is better than La Liga,” Guardiola said at an event in Catalonia on Monday.
“Lord Thebes needs to learn. Maybe she can sell the product better in other countries. People are complaining about (club spending), but thanks to this investment, other clubs in other countries can continue to do things.
This is probably the only business in which investing is a bad thing. I don’t understand it because it affects clubs all over the world.”
As Spanish clubs now grapple with losses from the coronavirus pandemic, as Barcelona struggles to absorb Lionel Messi’s new contract, Premier League clubs continue to spend.
Manchester United signed Jadon Sancho for €85m last week after Chelsea spent a lot last summer, signing Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, among others.
Meanwhile, City have been linked with moves of over €100m for Harry Kane and Jack Grealish this summer.
“What is the problem if United, City, Chelsea or Liverpool, are economically strong clubs because the owners want to invest, they don’t want to make money and they prefer to keep reinvesting so that the club continues to grow for the fans?” Guardiola added.
“There is always UEFA governance, like Financial Fair Play. If you sell the product better, people pay more for TV rights. Mr. Taiba, who knows better than anyone and is wiser than everyone and is involved in other business, must learn.
“Maybe this way Barcelona, Madrid, Atletico and Valencia will have more resources to invest in what they need. If we cross the mark, we will be penalized and we won’t be able to play (some competitions) but since that’s not the case, let everyone do what they want.”
Guardiola added that Barcelona and Real Madrid, who have financial problems, would certainly be open to great offers from the City players.
“Imagine if we wanted to sign a player from Barcelona or Madrid for 100 million euros, neither of them would complain, they would be happy.”