What I Told Guardiola After Sweet Victory – Mourinho
Paul Pogba left Manchester City fans shocked on Saturday after he produced two goals in the space of 97 seconds in the opening 10 minutes of the second half of their league derby.
Chris Smalling then shattered their hearts by volleying home a winner to give United fans the pleasure of seeing their city rivals’ title party delayed.
As the two managers shook hands at full-time, Jose Mourinho whispered something into Pep Guardiola’s ear.
The boss confirmed after the game what he said to his counterpart, telling MUTV:
“I told him congratulations because they deserve the title. Of course, they’re frustrated because they wanted to do it today but I congratulate them because they are going to win it and deservedly so.
“They have more points than the other teams and they gave no chance to the others. I keep saying we have had a better season than last season, more victories, more goals, more points, less goals conceded, everything has been better for us but it was not enough because of the season they have had when they have not stopped winning.
“But we are not the team that people think we are – we are not as bad as people think we are, I’m not such a bad manager as people think I am, the players are not so bad as people think they are and that’s what we are going to try to prove by showing we are the second best team in the country, but for that we need the points.”
The 2-3 result means that even if Manchester City were to win at Wembley Stadium against Tottenham Hotspur next weekend they wouldn’t even be crowned 2017-18 Premier League champions on the day.
Manchester City now have a 13-point lead at the top of the Premier League table with six games to go.