Saturday 19 January 2019

Pep: Celebrations not excessive at Old Trafford

Pep Guardiola. Photo: Getty Images
Pep Guardiola. Photo: Getty Images

Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City’s celebrations after Sunday’s derby victory at Old Trafford were not excessive.

Guardiola was unwilling to comment on the details of the alleged melee but was adamant his players were only celebrating inside their dressing room and were within their rights to do so.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of tonight’s clash at Swansea, Guardiola said: “We won a derby against Manchester United, at that the moment the biggest rival. We have to win it.

“So people expect we are not going to celebrate? No. We celebrate. When United win a derby they celebrate, when Arsenal win against Untied they celebrate. When United or Arsenal win the FA Cup they celebrate. But where? Inside the locker room. That’s what we do and we did.”

City’s players are understood to have been celebrating raucously and playing loud music but Guardiola insists that is nothing out of the ordinary. It is claimed the trouble started as Mourinho walked past the City dressing room on his way to conduct post-match interviews.

Guardiola said: “The situation at Old Trafford when you go to the home locker room you have to pass the away one, but we were inside celebrating. But that is normal, it wasn’t anything exceptional. It was what we did last season in the past and what we will do in the future.” The Spaniard added: “I encourage the players to celebrate the victories, but of course inside the locker room. We have huge respect for our opponents - not just for Manchester United, all the opponents.

“When we lose you have to accept the defeat, when we win we try to celebrate.”

City are bidding for a Premier League record 15th successive league win at Swansea but will be without captain Vincent Kompany, who suffered a muscular injury at Old Trafford.

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