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Guardiola glowing, says he’s proving doubters wrong

Britain Soccer Premier League

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola, right, gestures while Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho stops a stray ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)


Neither rain, nor snow, nor Manchester United have been able to stop Manchester City this season.

Less than a year and a half into his Premier League tenure, Pep Guardiola feels ready to preen a little bit.

And why not? Manchester City dispatched its regional rivals away on Sunday, topping Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford. Control of the match was theirs, and style, too.

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Now Guardiola’s men have an 11-point lead on the Premier League table not even midway into the season. They’ve won a Premier League record 14-straight matches and show no signs of stopping.

“The personality to play here is what I want. We can play this way in England. People said we couldn’t play the way we did in Barcelona in England but it is possible and we did it.

“I knew that last season. Always I believed we could do it. Everyone can play how they want, that’s why football is so beautiful. I’m happy to go to Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford and to beat them in this way.”

The match was entertaining, though deprived of one of its best players in suspended Paul Pogba.

Alas, Guardiola was left to answer Jose Mourinho’s postmatch comments that City players hit the deck too easily, and that United deserved a penalty.

Not. having. it (again).

“Last season it was the same – we won here and it was the referee. Today as well. Yesterday he spoke about the referee. We are an honest team. We had 75% ball possession, which means we wanted to play. We came here and did that.”

Sure did. Now will they be able to add more trophies to what’s likely to be a Premier League title season.

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