Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has described the Community Shield as the ‘ugly little brother’ of domestic football’s major trophies.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola yesterday questioned why the traditional Premier League curtain-raiser is not considered a serious one.
The Spaniard lifted the shield back in August – and City can still win all four major trophies, with the Carabao Cup already sealed.
However, rather than a ‘quadruple’, Guardiola is confused as to why such a feat wouldn’t be considered the ‘quintuple’.
He said: “That is the question. That is the question I would like to have an answer. The people say we won one title, so the Community Shield? Maybe it counts for last season, but last season when we went on holidays, it was not in our pocket.
“Of course in Spain, in Germany, where I have been, the Super Cup is an important trophy. Always we had the feeling we won two titles this season so far, we have three to play. So that is what we believe. But the people say all the time ‘just one title, one title.’
“Ok, next season, if we are able to beat Liverpool and win the Premier League, next season we are not going to play the Community Shield. Because why? It doesn’t count! It will be longer holidays in summer time, and we will fresh for the Premier League and Champions League.
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“I don’t know, really I don’t know. We were happy, of course. We know we won that title, the Community Shield, is a Super Cup in the rest of Europe, in the world. That is what it is.”
And Jordan, speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT, has tried to offer some clarity for Guardiola.
When asked whether the Community Shield should be moved from the beginning of the season to the end of the season, he said: “At the end of the season, everything meaningful has been won. So you’re putting a canker sore at the end of a series of meaningful events.
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“The Champions League, the Premier League, the FA Cup, and the Europa League have all been won and then comes along this runt of the litter. This ugly little brother that you never wanted: the Community Shield.
“I think it’s in its right place. We are dreadful at holding onto traditions and enhancing this. We’re only holding onto this because Pep Guardiola has brought it up.”