Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed he did not share a post-match drink with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho on Saturday (10 September). The Spaniard's side won the derby match at Old Trafford 2-1 – but the long-time rivals did not subsequently share a glass of wine after the game, as had been suggested.
Guardiola and Mourinho – whose storied relationship stretches back to their time at Barcelona in the 1990s – embraced each other before and after the final whistle during their Premier League encounter. However, the pleasantries do not appear to have extended post-game.
"We didn't have the time," the City manager said ahead of the Champions League opener against Borussia Moenchengladbach at the Etihad Stadium, according to the BBC.
Prior to the derby, Guardiola said he would be happy to share a post-match drink with his opposite number. "If he invites me to do that I will accept," Guardiola said, according to the Guardian. "I have said many times I have a lot of respect for him. I always try to learn from all my colleagues and opponents and I learn from him as well."
Guardiola has also backed goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to come good following an error-strewn start to life in English football in the Manchester derby. Bravo's mistake led to a first-half goal for United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but Guardiola has insisted his new recruit will come good.
"I am going to tell you something, they [goalkeepers] will make mistakes. The opponents will score. I am sure of that," said Guardiola, who became the City manager over the summer.
"Bravo is so strong. Three or four times after he played with personality. I was convinced before the game and after I feel the same."
Meanwhile, Guardiola has revealed he is looking forward to welcoming Sergio Aguero back into the fold for City's opening Champions League fixture, after he missed the Manchester derby because of suspension. The Spaniard also suggested midfielder İlkay Gundogan and captain Vincent Kompany may be fit to make an appearance.