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

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It was the second time City has scored seven goals since Guardiola joined in 2016, after the 7-2 win over Stoke in the Premier League in 2017.

Guardiola did discuss the length of grass with Jackson soon after his appointment, requesting that it should be no longer than 19 millimetres before settling on a compromise of 23 millimetres to account for the Manchester weather, but said there had been no intervention since. David Silva for example, he went out on loan at other clubs to become who he is right now and before he came here.

"I am not disappointed that he has left and I do not want a player who wants to leave at the club". It shows the strength of the squad we have here, how good the players are.

"Always we try to put water on the grass but it's not necessary here".

"We did with Brahim everything that we did with Phil [Foden] and Jadon [Sancho] - the only one who has made a decision to stay is Phil", said the former Barcelona coach. "If you want to stay it's because you want to stay".

Asked about Diaz's departure, Guardiola said: "Like I said many times, I don't want people that don't want to stay here". 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.

"They don't compete really and that's why sometimes it's hard to put them [in the team]... that's why they train with us, sometimes they play in the cup, sometimes go on loan, to see how they develop in that position. We wish him the best but congratulations to the academy for working so well".

"Going to Real Madrid is not a bad step in his career". Benjamin Mendy, who has been out for two months with a knee injury, could be fit to return to first-team training in the next two-to-three weeks.

The Gills have already taken part in lower-key trials ahead of VAR's introduction in the Premier League. I never speak with the groundsman. "Sometimes I'm really unfair with many, many players and when I chose to play him against Southampton he did really well and that's why he played against Liverpool". "I never made a phone call to say "do this to damage our opponents".

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