Jose Mourinho is a master when it comes to giving excuses, and he has proven this rating, having dropped another excuse on why his team were beaten in Sunday’s Manchester Derby at Etihad.

The Portuguese gaffer claimed that Manchester City had two 'friendly matches' before their derby day win over the Red Devils.

Mourinho believes Pep Guardiola's side's victories over Southampton and Shakhtar Donetsk gave his rivals a huge advantage, particularly when compared with their own preparation.

''It's a heavy result for the effort of a team that had three away matches in the same week, with a super difficult match of a high, demanding level in Juventus against a team that had two friendly matches at home against Southampton and Shakhtar,'' Mourinho told BBC Radio 5 live.

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Goals came from David Silva, Ilkay Gundogan and Sergio Aguero scored at the Etihad, with only an Anthony Martial penalty in response for United.

Mourinho thinks the fatigue levels in his side put them at a significant disadvantage and showed in the game. 

''The physical fatigue and the mental fatigue leads to mistakes.

''They were tired physically and mentally. You need to be in football or another high-level sport to know what that is.

''The concentration of the big matches, they dry you. You are dry inside. To be ready again for another big match is not easy.'

''The way people who don't understand football analyse football is with stats. I don't go for stats.'' Mourinho submitted.


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