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 in no mood to entertain the idea his side were anything other than superior to the Red Devils.

Guardiola said: "Last season it was the same, we won here and the comments were the referee. Today we have won and the comments are the same as well.

"We won because we were better, in all departments. It is not easy to create chances at United because they are so strong defensively. It was an amazing save from Ederson but I think (David) De Gea had more saves. In the way we played we were better."

Silva rewarded City for their dominance by hooking in the opener through Silva after 43 minutes but Rashford responded against the run of play on the stroke of half-time.

Guardiola said: "We didn't make comments about tactics at half-time, we just said what had happened in the last minute would make us stronger.

"You cannot expect something so unpredictable as to score two goals in set-pieces but we were strong."

On the title race, Guardiola said: "You cannot be champions in December but I am happy because people said in England you cannot play that way, but in England you can play in that way as well."

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