Man City boss Pep Guardiola has thanked the media for not making Sunday’s derby a fight between himself and Utd’s Jose Mourinho. The derby will be Guardiola’s sixth since he took over at City in 2016 and will see him come up against old adversary Jose Mourinho once again.
The pair have a long-standing rivalry stretching back to their time as managers of Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively but Guardiola insists tensions have cooled since then.
There has been relatively little attention on the managers ahead of this weekend’s game and Guardiola likes it that way. “Thank you so much for that,” Guardiola told reporters. “We are both good guys, more than you expect. It’s much better, believe me.”
Guardiola, however, stirred the pot himself before the last derby in April by claiming before the match that City had been offered United midfielder Paul Pogba by the player’s agent Mino Raiola.
Pogba went on to play a starring role as United recovered from 2-0 to win 3-2.
Asked if he regretted those comments, Guardiola said: “I don’t have too many regrets, that’s the question for his agent, his comments. It’s in the past. We lost. Every game is a new history and a new chapter.”