Guardiola dismisses Wenger ref complaints; praises City stars

Date published: Sunday 5th November 2017 5:43

Pep Guardiola has hit back at Arsene Wenger, after the Arsenal manager made comments about referee Michael Oliver’s performance in City’s 3-1 victory over the Gunners.

Wenger stated that referee Michael Oliver ‘handed the win on a plate to City’, claiming their second and third goals should not have stood.

But Guardiola was having none of it, saying: “No. We won in the best way and we deserved by far the victory.

“Sometimes it’s like this (but what’s) important is the performance. We want to try to play and we did it really well.”

Guardiola added: “Well done (to my players), it was well deserved. We fought in the bad moments, when we were tired, mentally we were stable. I was pleased with the performance. The third goal helped us to win the game.”

“We created a lot of chances. Against Arsenal, the game is never over. But considering we played a CL game, we were so strong.

“We won. We deserved it. Three more points. My wish now is the players come back healthy from the international break.

“We can be more solid. We play well and the players again did an amazing performance. We are so happy.”

The Spaniard is wary of every team his side come up against, but was happy to point out City’s impressive form against title contenders as opposed to last season.

“All I know is everybody can beat us. It doesn’t matter what happened in the past. You can win the CL and lose the day after.

“Last season against title contenders, we were able to win just twice. In November, we have already beaten Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal.”

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