Manuel Pellegrini says Manchester City committed tactical fouls in rout | Football
“Every time we tried to arrive in their box they committed fouls. We were innocent in that regard,” he said.
“If you review the game that is why we didn’t create too many chances in the first half. All our offensive moments of attacking ended in a foul. You can look at the statistics. They committed 13 fouls, we committed five. But that wasn’t the reason why we lost.”
“The performance was not perfect,” he said. “In the first half we were sloppy in our passes, we were not precise. But that’s normal. First game away, 12.30pm start, we didn’t have our rhythm. We have to [do better]. But that’s normal, it’s the first game. This kind of game we cannot be precise in our game. But I cannot deny I am so delighted that we won like this.”
Both managers were cautiously encouraging about the use of VAR that included the first disallowed Premier League goal and repeated interruptions while decisions were reviewed. Guardiola also raised the issue of how disallowing a goal might affect the team that thought it had scored.
“We have to be strong. After [the score appeared to be] 0-3 you might think the game is over. Then it’s back to 0-2 and Ederson had to make an incredible save.
“In this league anything can happen. That’s why you have to celebrate but always be completely focused and continue your concentration.”