Abril 22, 2018

City sealing title wouldn't be end of the world — Mourinho

08 Abril 2018, 02:25 | Gerardo Tarin

GETTY Man City are looking to do the double over fierce rivals Man Utd on Saturday

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Pogba was at the centre of controversy the day before the game after Pep Guardiola claimed he was offered the chance to sign the midfielder by his agent, Mino Raiola, who declined speaking to the City manager.

The 16-point gap to the second-place Red Devils highlights the gulf and Mourinho believes City will beat the record Premier League points haul of 95 set when he was at the Chelsea helm in 2004-05.

Guardiola called out Riaola, Pogba's agent, over his comments and also sarcastically thanked him at the same time.

On the other side of the city, Guardiola's men have a huge second-leg against Liverpool coming up on Tuesday - in which they trail 3-0 from the disastrous first-leg at Anfield. He deserves his players to play with better guys.

José Mourinho is understandably not thrilled by the possibility of turning up at the Etihad to watch Manchester City crowned champions, though he has at least promised to try to win the game rather than setting up defensively for a draw.

"The opponents want to beat you, you're a little bit more relaxed, the big achievement is already done so your intensity is sometimes (lower)".

Raiola told the BBC: "I never spoke to Pep Guardiola". I'm a coward. I don't understand why I am a so bad guy.

Despite having a number of injuries throughout the season, Mourinho finally has a fully fit squad, with only backup goalkeeper Sergio Romero unavailable due to an injury sustained on international duty two weeks ago. "He has to respect the dogs".

"Sometimes, his teams, they beat me; sometimes, I beat him, it's simple as that".

Raiola told BBC Sport he did not speak to Guardiola but did not deny telling City of the players' availability. You have to live these situations, once, twice or three times to become better players.

"He has to protect his players, so he has to know he cannot bring his players to me - a 'dog'".

When asked what his response to the offer was, Guardiola replied: "I said no. We don't have the money enough to buy Pogba because he is so expensive. Mourinho is trying to get that back and he is trying to get discipline and hard work".

"When the people say, 'You win because you spend €600m'". I don't know, I have no idea if they were interested (in Sanchez) or not.

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