Pep Guardiola claims he knows how Arsene Wenger feels – and accepts he may have to deal with similar flak one day.
Arsenal manager Wenger has been subjected to a barrage of criticism since his side were comprehensively beaten by Guardiola’s City in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final at Wembley.
The sides meet again in a rearranged Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, City boss Guardiola said: “I always support my colleagues because we feel the same when we win, when we lose. We accept the opinions of the fans and the people and you feel alone. Believe me, you feel alone because there’s a lot of pressure on your shoulders.
“I understand completely. I’d like to tell him that I am close, I am on the same side as him. That’s why I don’t understand when other managers criticise the other managers.
“It’s tough to send a message to the other ones from here because everyone understands how you feel when you lose. What happened can happen to me in the future. We won, I’m good. Arsene Wenger didn’t win so he’s not good.”