Saturday 19 January 2019

Pep in curious mood after Clarets win

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola was asked about his interview with American television channel NBC in which he said that he's coming to end of his coaching career, and the Manchester City boss did nothing to dispel the sentiment.

After giving a series of terse interviews following the fractious victory over Burnley, Guardiola elaborated little.

"It might be one of my last teams," he said. Asked why he might choose to retire, he said: "Because I decide so."

Guardiola was in no great mood for media commitments after being frustrated by a number of decisions in a laboured 2-1 win over the Clarets.

Chief among them was the sending off of Fernandinho - a third red card for the Brazilian in six appearances - while Guardiola was also frustrated a Ben Mee strike was allowed to stand.

Mee's 70th-minute effort, after goalkeeper Claudio Bravo lost out in an aerial challenge with Sam Vokes, set up a nervy ending after goals from Gael Clichy and Sergio Aguero had put City in command.

Asked about the Fernandinho incident by the BBC, Guardiola said: "You're the journalist not me." Asked for his thoughts, Guardiola added: "Ask the referee not me." When the matter was put to him in the press conference, Guardiola attempted to change the subject to discuss the Burnley goal.

He said: "I didn't see it, but I saw the fault (foul) for Claudio Bravo, that was definite. Now we are going to accept the three or four games (ban for Fernandinho) but remember it was a fault (for Bravo)."

He added: "All around the world, the Burnley goal on Claudio Bravo is a fault [foul]. Here, and all around the world, the rules say the goalkeeper in the six-yard box cannot be touched.

"But okay so I have to adapt and I have to understand there are special rules here in England. Now I learn, so now we're going to play."

When asked about his side's performance, Guardiola sarcastically said "we are not good enough" before suggesting his team needs time to improve.

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