Guardiola reacts to Manchester derby brawl questions

Date published: Tuesday 12th December 2017 2:09

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been asked about his team’s celebrations at Old Trafford on Sunday that led to a fracas.

City won 2-1 to establish an 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League table, but there were ugly scenes when United boss Jose Mourinho took umbrage with their celebrations.

Asked about Mourinho being upset and whether they’re celebrations were over the top, Guardiola said: “No, I’m not going to comment about that.

“Definitely, not [too much]. We won a derby, what do people expect we don’t celebrate?

“No, we celebrate, when Arsenal beat United, they celebrate…we try to do it in the locker room.

“It was correct. We jumped because we were happy. Of course, in that moment, we want to celebrate.

“We didn’t do anything exceptional, we did what we did in the past and what we will do in the future.

“I am the guy who encouraged them to celebrate between each other. And that is what we did.

“And after what happened, hopefully it can not happen again.”

Asked again if his players went too far, Guardiola said: “No. Definitely not. Believe me. Definitely not.

“It was the same after the Southampton game, that was 96 mins or something like that, but we were happy. It was a derby, it was the closest rival.”

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