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Guardiola apologises to Steven Gerrard over ‘stupid comments’

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has apologised to former Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard over comments he made about his slip against Chelsea.

Guardiola, while defending City over alleged financial rule breaches,  referenced Gerrard’s mishap when the Reds lost 2-0 to Chelsea late in the 2013/14 season.

Liverpool went on to narrowly miss out on the Premier League title to City.

Guardiola said: “I apologise to Steven Gerrard for my unnecessary and stupid comments.

“He knows how I admire him and his career and what he has done for this country I am living and training in.”

The infamous slip by Gerrard, who did not win a Premier League medal during his career, allowed Demba Ba to put Chelsea in front when they won at Anfield in April 2014.

City won their game in hand to go top of the league on goal difference before claiming victory in their final two games of the campaign to win the title by two points.

Guardiola addressed the remarks at the start of his news conference for his team’s game at Arsenal on Wednesday evening.

The gaffer added “I am ashamed of myself for what I said because he [Gerrard] doesn’t deserve it,” he continued.

“I truly believe my comments about defending my club but I didn’t represent my club well putting his name in these stupid comments.

“I apologise, I said to him personally but I commented publicly and have to do it here as well. I am so sorry to him, his wife Alex, his kids and family because it was stupid.”

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas; Editing by Tony Okerafor