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“I don’t want to say one word” – Pep Guardiola breaks silence after Mauricio Pochettino full-time snub



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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has commented on Mauricio Pochettino’s full-time snub, after an enthralling encounter at Stamford Bridge.

The treble-winners will enter into the November international break top of the Premier League table, after an entertaining 4-4 draw in west London saw Manchester City move one point clear of Liverpool and Arsenal.

Former Manchester City players Raheem Sterling and Cole Palmer were both on the scoresheet, as Pep Guardiola’s side dropped points in the Premier League for the first time since October.

The Sky Blues took the lead through Erling Haaland’s penalty kick, as the Norwegian converted his 13th Manchester City penalty after being hurled down by Marc Cucurella.

Quick goals from Thiago Silva and Sterling saw Chelsea move into a 2-1 lead however, before Manuel Akanji’s header equalised for Manchester City on the brink of half-time.

Haaland restored the Blues’ lead minutes into the restart after a counter-attacking move, until Chelsea drew level again, as Nicolas Jackson pounced on Ederson’s low save.

Rodri looked set to have secured the three points for Manchester City with a late deflected strike, but Palmer’s 95th minute penalty after a rash challenge from Ruben Dias meant the points were shared at Stamford Bridge.

At full-time Mauricio Pochettino’s furious outburst resulted in the Chelsea manager snubbing Guardiola’s handshake, with the Argentine appearing to ignore his Catalonian counterpart.

Post-match, Guardiola commented on Pochettino’s actions, saying: “No problem. It’s not a problem. I don’t want to say one word. It’s fine. The emotions happen to me sometimes. It’s fine.”

Pochettino also offered an apology to Guardiola after the clash.

“I want to apologise to [Guardiola] also because in this moment I didn’t see him, I was only focused on the reaction.”