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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists he never tells his players to foul opponents

Pep Guardiola has dismissed Jose Mourinho’s claim that Manchester City are prepared to commit ‘tactical fouls’. Manchester United boss Mourinho fanned the flames ahead of last week’s derby at Old Trafford by suggesting City regularly broke up play when out of possession by deliberately conceding free-kicks. This came after he also appeared to accuse City players of diving and claimed he would probably be punished for making a political statement similar to Guardiola’s recent wearing of a yellow ribbon. Guardiola said: “I don’t know how many fouls we make on…

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Silva is an 'animal' says Guardiola after Man City's record 15th win

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised the will to win of “animal” David Silva after his goals helped the Premier League leaders thrash Swansea and extend their record run of consecutive top-flight wins to 15. Silva scored twice and further goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero ensured City maintained their 11-point lead over Manchester United at the top of the table, while Swansea remain bottom. The Spain playmaker elegantly flicked the fluent visitors in front from close range before De Bruyne’s whipped free-kick evaded several players on its…

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Manchester City should hand Pep Guardiola £1million-a-week deal – not spend cash on Alexis Sanchez, says Tony Cascarino

Guardiola’s team have dropped just two points in their opening 16 league games Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Manchester City should make Pep Guardiola the first £1million-a-week manager in the world to prevent him being tempted away by a cash-rich rival, according to Tony Cascarino. City have blown the competition away under Pep this season, they already have an 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League having dropped just two points in 16 games. Cascarino, the former Celtic, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Marseille striker, believes City should hand Pep…

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I'm sorry if we upset Man Utd, but not if it was just Mourinho – Guardiola

Media playback is not supported on this device Pep Guardiola says he is sorry if Manchester City’s derby celebrations insulted Manchester United, but not if only Jose Mourinho took offence. United manager Mourinho had milk thrown at him outside the dressing rooms after objecting to City’s raucous reaction. “If we offended United – not just one player, not Jose – Manchester United, then I apologise,” said the Spaniard. Mourinho said the incident after City’s 2-1 win was “a question of diversity in behaviour, diversity in education”. 5 live In Short:…

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Man City did not over-celebrate win at Old Trafford – Guardiola

Media playback is not supported on this device Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola “encouraged” his players to celebrate Sunday’s 2-1 win at Manchester United, but denies they went over the top. United boss Jose Mourinho had milk thrown at him outside the dressing rooms after objecting to City’s reaction to the win, which took them 11 points clear in the Premier League. Asked if his players celebrated too much, Guardiola said: “Definitely not. “We were happy. We won a derby against one of the best rivals we have.” When asked…

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Pep Guardiola has no time for Jose Mourinho’s ‘lucky’ jibes

The Red Devils boss was unhappy with referee Michael Oliver Sunday, December 10, 2017 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola brushed off claims by Jose Mourinho that his side were ‘lucky’ to win the Manchester derby. Goals at set-pieces from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi, either side of a Marcus Rashford equaliser, proved enough for City to triumph 2-1 at Old Trafford and extend their Premier League lead to 11 points. But Mourinho pointed to decisions by referee Michael Oliver as the deciding factor behind his side’s demise. Guardiola, however, was…

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Manchester derby: Guardiola not thinking of record victory

Media playback is not supported on this device Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says the chance to make history is not playing on his mind as he prepares for Sunday’s derby with rivals Manchester United. If City win the game it will be their 14th league victory in a row – a record in a single Premier League season. However, Guardiola says his focus is only on developing a strategy to beat Jose Mourinho’s side. “The record will be broken, my concern is how we win the game,” he said….

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