Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Given: Guardiola Is Getting off Lightly after Flop

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Given: Guardiola Is Getting off Lightly after Flop

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SHAY Given has claimed Pep Guardiola is "getting let off lightly" over his failure to win a trophy in his first season at City.

And the former Blues goalkeeper has questioned whether Guardiola's predecessor Manuel Pellegrini would have been treated in the same way had he done the same.

Given points out Guardiola heightened expectations by leading City to 10 straight wins at the start of the season, even though the manager himself tried to dampen those fires with caution.

"They started the season on fire, winning 10 games in a row and we thought he was going to win the Treble, he's going to win everything!" said Given. "But I think Pep has found out that it's a tough league, tougher maybe than expected.

"It would be interesting if Pellegrini was still there - would he be getting off as lightly as Guardiola is? …

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