Pep Guardiola cries foul over Gary Neville’s television accusations

• Pundit said Manchester City commit many technical fouls
• ‘I would never ask my players to deliberately foul an opponent’

Pep Guardiola has launched an impassioned defence of his tactics and footballing philosophy after Gary Neville accused Manchester City of getting away with a high number of technical fouls.

José Mourinho made a similar point last season but, working as a pundit when City beat Tottenham at Wembley on Monday, Neville suggested Guardiola’s players were clever at the sort of innocuous foul that stops the game and prevents opponents breaking quickly. He did not go as far as to suggest City players were acting under instructions to play cynically but noted they were good at pushing the boundaries of what is permissible in defensive situations.

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