The Manchester City boss appeared to take a sly dig towards Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, after he labelled Bournemouth ‘the best side’ City have faced so far.
Manchester City played Manchester United last weekend, but the hosts failed to make much of an impact, and as a result, City were up 2-0 before halftime.
To add insult to injury, Pep Guardiola seemed to taunt United while he spoke after City’s 4-0 win at home to Bournemouth.
“Bournemouth was until now the best team,” the former Bayern Munich boss stated.
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He added: “They create more problems when they have the ball. The other teams play long balls and they want to play and our high pressing was not perfect.
“The quality of our players made the difference. I’m very pleased because I know against which team we won. [Joshua] King is a tough, tough striker and their wingers are so fast.”
In contrast, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe didn’t agree with Guardiola’s statement, and insisted that his side didn’t play at their best and were too powerless against Manchester City.
“We had some opportunities but didn’t make the most of them. We weren’t at our very best, but you have to give them credit.”
Manchester City, who are yet to lose a match under Guardiola’s management, beat Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford last weekend, and Guardiola’s remarks today are sure to add fuel to fire.
Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have a history of rivalries, despite both starting their management careers together at Barcelona, and it is clear that it will not change in the near future.
Fans and pundits around the globe didn’t hold back their criticism about Mourinho’s team selection for the Manchester Derby, and the situation was worsened after Mourinho lost 1-0 away to Feyenoord this Thursday, after the Portuguese manager made eight changes to his starting lineup.