Pep Guardiola refused to criticise Manchester City side after their shock 3-2 defeat at Norwich City, saying they are the same players that stopped him being known as ‘Fraudiola’.
City’s performance was riddled with individual errors, reminiscent of the Catalan’s first season in the Premier League when he struggled to impose his playing style.
It earned him the nickname ‘Fraudiola’ with some rival fans, who claimed his philosophy wouldn’t work in England as it had in Spain and Germany.
But after two champion-winning seasons with the highest points totals ever achieved, Guardiola insists he isn’t going to start doubting their quality.
“They gave me all the prestige I have in England, when the first season when it was Fraud Guardiola, Fraudiola,” he said.
“This kind of game here in England – it’s not possible to play because you need to have tackles and you have to play like that – these players gave me the prestige that I have.
“And now all around the world people say how good a manager I am – it’s for them, not for me.”