Guardiola gives awkward interview after Burnley win

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was an unhappy man after his side battled back from a numerical disadvantage to beat Burnley 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Monday.

Fernandinho picked up his third red card in six games when he was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Johan Gudmundsson in the 32nd minute.

However, the hosts battled back in the second half as goals from Gael Clichy and Sergio Aguero gave them a 2-0 lead before Ben Mee pulled one back for the Clarets.

Interviewed by BBC’s Damian Johnson’s after the match, Guardiola seemed very grumpy, offering very curt responses to the journalist’s questions.

When Johnson said City had won the hard way, Guardiola simply replied: “Yes, that’s true.”

He offered the same response when Johnson said the Citizens had shown “real spirit” after going down to 10 men. “Yes, that’s true,” he said again.

When Johnson asked for the City manager’s opinion of the red card, he snapped back: “You are the journalist, not me.” When pushed for more comment, Pep simply said: “Ask the referee, not me.”

It soon became clear that Guardiola was very unhappy with Mee’s goal following the red card against his own player, suggesting goalkeeper Claudio Bravo had been fouled in the lead-up and that the rules were different in the Premier league compared to everywhere else in the world, where keepers are given more protection by referees.

The Spaniard offered more detail in the post-match press conference.

"It is always our fault, it's always City's fault," he told reporters. "Yeah, yeah. I saw other games – all around the world, the Burnley goal on Claudio Bravo is a fault.

"Here, and all around the world, the rules say the goalkeeper in the six-yard box cannot be touched.

"He goes here and the striker does this [punching his arm]. But I saw [Maarten] Stekelenburg at Everton vs. Middlesbrough at the beginning of the season and it was the same, it was a goal.

It was then revealed that Guardiola told NBC in a special interview prior to the start of Monday’s match that he felt he was approaching the end of his coaching career.

“I will be at Manchester for the next three seasons, maybe more, but I am arriving at the end of my coaching career, of this I am sure,” he said.

“I will not be on the bench until I am 60 or 65 years old. I feel that the process of my goodbye has already started.”

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