Pep Guardiola started a war of words with Liverpool last Sunday by labeling Sadio Mane as a diver.
Two days before City’s match versus Liverpool, the Reds forward has responded by joking about Pep’s claim. He has gone on to say, he will for sure dive again!
Mane joked, “If it could be a penalty for sure I will ‘dive’ again.
“If the ‘dive’ will give me a penalty then I will do it! Why not? But what Jurgen said is correct. I do not dive.
“There was contact [at Villa] for sure. Maybe it was not a penalty and he didn’t give it, and he gave me a yellow card. To be honest I don’t have any problem about it.
“It’s what I want to keep doing. If I get a penalty, yeah it’s a penalty. If no penalty, no penalty, but [it] will never change the way I’m playing or the way I’m doing my things.
“The only thing I can say I will be for sure ready for the team, to give everything possible, and to help my team.
“I think it’s a bit clever from him to get the attention of the referee but I will just play my football like I’m always doing. I don’t pay attention to what he’s saying because it’s part of football.
“No it doesn’t make anything [motivation-wise] for me. Even though I saw him commenting about it, what he said, for me, I think it’s positive.”
Mane is in brilliant form this season and Pep certainly knew who would be the biggest threat to his defenders come Sunday.