Pep Guardiola Defends Manchester City’s Derby Celebrations

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Pep Guardiola is defending Manchester City’s derby celebrations saying that he encouraged his Manchester City players to celebrate their derby victory but says that they did it in the “correct way.”

According to ESPN FC, the derby celebration was described as “very vocal” and accompanied by loud music, and fueled a confrontation between players and staff from both clubs.

In lieu of the events, the Football Association has written to both clubs to seek their observations regarding tunnel bust-up at the end of Sunday’s clash at Old Trafford.

But did things get out of hand? Were they over the top?

“Definitely not” Guardiola said.

“We won a derby, what do people expect — we don’t celebrate?

“It was the same after the Southampton game, that was 96 minutes or something like that, but we were happy. It was a derby, it was the closest rival.

“When United win they celebrate, when Arsenal win against United they celebrate, when Arsenal win the FA Cup last season they celebrate, but where? Inside the dressing room.

“[Our behaviour] was correct, believe me. We jumped because we were happy. People have to understand that we were happy. I think all the teams around the world, when they win a derby they are so happy. When we won with Bayern we were happy, with Barcelona we celebrated.

“We were inside, it is normal. We didn’t do anything exceptional, we did what we did in the past and what we will do in the future.

“We try to celebrate, because when we lose we try to accept the defeat, but when we win we celebrate. We celebrate in the right moments, for example we celebrated in Napoli, you have to do that, but inside [the locker room].”