Pep Guardiola is only telling half the story as the reality of Liverpool and the Premier League becomes clear

Pep Guardiola has flatly rejected the suggestion that Manchester City winning the Premier League again is “boring” for English football. If the Etihad side beat Spurs today, they will be one win away from a fourth successive league title win.

“It’s not boring,” Guardiola told the media ahead of his team’s visit to Tottenham. “It’s difficult. Before it was money. That’s why Manchester United should have won all the titles, Chelsea — all the titles, Arsenal — all the titles.

“They are spending as much money in the last five years as we are. They should be there. They are not there. For this reason, Girona should not be in the Champions League (next season) and Leicester should not win Premier League.

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All of this is true, of course. It’s one thing to have money and quite another to spend it wisely, and there’s no better example of that than Chelsea. But there is more to the story than Guardiola would have you believe.

While this could be Manchester City’s fourth title in a row, without Liverpool’s runaway victory in the season which was delayed by the Covid epidemic, Guardiola’s men would be on the verge of a seventh title in a row. Although clearly not for Liverpool fans, even that was boring to some degree considering the Reds finished with 18 points.

If Manchester City win the title again this season, it may not be a boring result for the neutral, but at least it will be a predictable one. Few would be so fussed if Guardiola’s men triumph again: the real story comes out if Arsenal somehow do.