Guardiola left baffled by ‘rules’; Foden reacts to non-penalty for Man City

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola highlighted the contributions of three star players after revealing his bewilderment at the application of the rules.

Man City moved another step closer to regaining the Premier League title with a 5-2 victory over Southampton.

Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez both bagged braces. Ilkay Gundogan notched the otheron a night where Man City produced periods of sparkling attacking football.

Uncharacteristic defensive frailty did emerge on occasion, however, with Ederson conceding two goals for the second straight league game.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Guardiola said: “They made us suffer at times.

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“In general it was good. Another victory and we move on to Fulham. Southampton put a lot of players in the middle and made it very hard for us.

“They expose a lot which allowed us to counter. The quality of our players won the game – Riyad, Phil and Kevin.

“I don’t understand the hands from Arsenal against Fulham. Another example is the penalty today. Maybe one day they will explain the rules.

“But we won so we’re happy. Fulham is next.”

 

Foden reacts to controversial penalty decision

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Man City midfielder Phil Foden also spoke to the press, telling Sky Sports: “It was quite strange at times.

“Southampton started really well and made it hard for us. It was really important to get back on track. Fair play to Southampton, I thought they gave it a really good try. I’ve been scoring a lot this season so to get a couple of assists is pleasing.

“It was important to get back to winning ways. I thought we rolled our sleeves up well.”

Regarding the non-awarding of a penalty for what appeared to be a clear foul by Alex McCarthy, Foden added: “I’m an honest guy and I never like to dive, 100% I thought it was a penalty.”