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Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola Mocks Liverpool's Pitch Sabotage Talk

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says talk of growing the grass longer than usual at the Etihad is wide of the mark
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says talk of growing the grass longer than usual at the Etihad is wide of the mark

The repercussions from last Thursday's Premier League match of the season are still being felt nearly a week on.

Manchester City's 2-1 win over Liverpool reignited the Premier League title race and created a host of talking points including a "goal" for the Reds which was ruled own by the tiniest of margins. 

A suggestion by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp that the grass at the Etihad Stadium had been allowed to grow longer than it would normally has today been laughed off by Pep Guardiola.

Speaking ahead of City's Carabao Cup semi-final against Burton Albion, Guardiola joked: "I'm not the green-keeper. I never did. If they want to play quick, we want to play quicker.

“Always we try to put water on the pitch, but it's not necessary here because of the weather. We want to cut the field all the 10 years, it's better conditions for both teams, when this happens, you do the best for opponents.

“We have to respect them with the rules. I never speak with the groundsman.

“I have many other issues to think about that. I trust the groundsman, I never made a phone call to say do this to damage our opponents."

Guardiola also made reference to youngster Brahim Diaz who has joined Real Madrid having become frustrated with the lack of first-team chances at City. 

"We don’t want people who don’t want to be here," said Guardiola. "If you want to stay, stay. If you want to go, the openings will be there. We did with Brahim what we did with Jadon Sancho and Phil Foden. Phil decided to stay.

"Going to Real Madrid is not a bad step in his career. We wish him all the best because he’s a nice guy."

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