Cape Town - Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
has emphasised the point that he never encourages his players to commit
more tactical fouls.
Accusations that Guardiola's Manchester City side are prepared to
foul to prevent an attack have recurred throughout the Spaniard's tenure
at the Etihad Stadium.
Last season Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer raised the
subject ahead of a derby and his remarks were met with a firm rebuttal
Solskjaer was asked about the matter again on the eve of Tuesday's
Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against City at Old Trafford.
This time the Norwegian spoke in more general terms about how a "few
teams have stopped us with those little fouls" and conceded in the last
derby that "there weren't too many". Speaking in his pre-match press
conference, he also made a point of saying he did not bring it up this
Guardiola remains firm in his position.
The City manager said: "I have said many times, when I was at
Barcelona and here, I have never in my life had a meeting where I have
talked to my players about tactical fouls.
"It happens sometimes because you are late and because they are so fast, and they are so quick, that you make a foul.
"It's simple - you lose the ball and they make incredible fast
transitions and sometimes you are late and in that second you make a
"If people judge our legacy is tactical fouling it is their problem not ours."
- TeamTalk Media