Pep Guardiola says that Manchester City are “an honest team” and do not dive, contrary to Jose Mourinho’s claims.
Mourinho stoked the fires of the Manchester derby in the build-up to Sunday’s game by implying that the league leaders dive too easily.
Ander Herrera was booked for simulation in City’s 2-1 victory at Old Trafford, while Gabriel Jesus escaped without punishment for a similar situation.
16 Conclusions discussed both situations, and Guardiola was eager to issue a rebuttal to his adversary after the match.
“It’s not true that my players go down easily, that is not an argument I believe,” he said.
“We won because we were better in every department,” Guardiola added. “Last season it was the same – we won here and it [for Mourinho] was the referee. Today as well. Yesterday he spoke about the referee.
“We are an honest team. When a team has the courage to have 65 to 70 or 75% ball-possession it is because it wants to try to play and that is what we have done. We are clear, we are open and we want to attack.
“People said we could not play this way in England. They said we couldn’t play the way we did in Barcelona but it is possible and we did it. Always I believed we could do it. That’s why football is so beautiful.
“I’m happy to go to Stamford Bridge and now Old Trafford and to beat them in this way. But we are still in December. If we have 11 points [as a lead] when we play the second derby in April then maybe I will tell you that we have the title.
“This win means a lot in the way we played for our confidence but in three days we go to Swansea in the winter time. We are going to face a lot of difficulties. In December it’s impossible to be champions but it is good for us.”