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Mane hits back at 'clever' Guardiola for diving claims

November 07, 2019 15:46 IST

'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'

Leaders Liverpool host champions Manchester City in a Premier League showdown on Sunday and Sadio Mane said the timing of Pep Guardiola's accusation was no coincidence

IMAGE: Leaders Liverpool host champions Manchester City in a Premier League showdown on Sunday and Sadio Mane said the timing of Pep Guardiola's accusation was no coincidence. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Sadio Mane says he will probably be watched more carefully by Sunday's referee because of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola's "diving" comments but the Liverpool forward has no intention of changing the way he plays.

 

Guardiola said last weekend that Mane dived sometimes, after the forward was booked in the first half against Aston Villa for simulation, though the City boss has since walked back from his comments.

Leaders Liverpool host champions City in a Premier League showdown on Sunday and Mane said the timing of Guardiola's accusation was no coincidence.

"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," Mane told British media.

The Senegal forward added that the comments mattered little to him.

"I don't pay attention to what he's saying because it's part of football," he added.

"If the 'dive' will give me a penalty then I will do it. Why not? But what coach Juergen (Klopp) said is correct. I do not dive." 

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