Monday 16 September 2019

'If we did something irregular, we will know it' - Pep Guardiola insists he will welcome investigation into Man City

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

Harry Clarke

Pep Guardiola has said he will welcome any investigation into allegations Manchester City flouted Financial Fair Play rules.

Guardiola watched his champions as they survived a late scare to beat Watford and extend their lead at the Premier League summit.

City are now five points clear of Liverpool, who travel to Burnley on Wednesday, with Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez scoring either side of half-time at Vicarage Road.

"UEFA is doing what it is doing," he said.

"And if it finds something, the club will make a statement, and I would like that, because we know we are going to finish with these voices.

"If we did something irregular, we will know it.

"If we didn't do something irregular, the people can stop talking about it.

"I trust a lot in my club, in our organisation. If something is wrong, they're going to tell us."

The champions appeared to be cruising towards the victory, but were made to fight for all three points after Abdoulaye Doucoure set up a nervy conclusion when he bundled the ball home for Watford with five minutes remaining.

City could have put the game out of reach in the opening period but spurned a number of chances, and came up against an inspired Ben Foster in Watford's goal.

"We had the chances to kill the game and score a third, and maybe a fourth but we missed them," said Guardiola.

"In the first half they had one clear chance, but we had many, and then we had three or four more chances after we went 2-0 ahead.

"Then, we started to lose balls and let them have an opportunity to get back into it.

"In this league, you have to score the third goal and we didn't do that, so that's why we suffered near the end."

Additional reporting from PA

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