News ID: 261078
Published: 0311 GMT November 03, 2019

Guardiola accuses Liverpool’s Mane of diving ahead of Anfield showdown

Guardiola accuses Liverpool’s Mane of diving ahead of Anfield showdown

Liverpool’s Sadio Mané (L) is in action against Aston Villa during a Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain, on November 2, 2019.

Pep Guardiola accused “special talent” Sadio Mané of diving after his match-winning turn for Liverpool against Aston Villa.

Mané scored a stoppage-time header win 2-1 at Villa Park on Saturday, but only after being booked for simulation during the first half, The Independent reported.

Guardiola’s Manchester City produced a late turnaround of its own, coming from behind to beat Southampton thanks to Kyle Walker’s 86th-minute strike.

The defending champion would have moved within four points of Liverpool if not for Mané’s winner, which maintained the leader’s six point lead.

When asked whether he was aware of Liverpool’s late victory, Guardiola told BBC Sport that he was not surprised by the result.

“It has happened many times, what Liverpool has done in the last years, it’s because [Mané] is a special talent.

“Sometimes he’s diving, sometimes he has this talent to score incredible goals in the last minute. He’s a talent.

Guardiola's comments are likely to be interpreted as mind games ahead of the champion’s visit to Anfield next Sunday.

Mané has come under the spotlight in recent weeks after winning two crucial penalties for Liverpool in the late stages of narrow victories.

The 27-year-old won spot-kicks against Leicester and Tottenham at Anfield last month, with Liverpool converting each time to win both games.






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