Pep Guardiola sarcastically claimed that Man City will beat Southampton 18-0 when the sides meet on Wednesday after a reporter annoyed him with a line of questioning.
Rivals Man Utd ended City’s 21-match unbeaten run on Sunday when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side won the Manchester derby 2-0 thanks to goals from Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw.
Despite that result, City are still top of the Premier League by 11 points and will be confident they can go on and win the title now, starting with their match against Southampton on Wednesday.
On Southampton, who lost 9-0 to Man Utd earlier in the season, Guardiola said: “I’m a big fan of the style and the way Ralph [Hasenhuttl] and his team are playing. I don’t see the table I see the quality they have and what they do, so another test.”
A reporter noted that “while they have shown that they can compete against the best, Southampton has shown on some occasions that they can concede nine goals”.
Before asking Guardiola: “Is that something you will bear in mind?”
A visibly annoyed Guardiola sarcastically hit back: “No, 18, we will score 18, 18-0. This will be the result.
“What a question! Listen [United] score nine when they play 88 minutes 10 against 11. Do you think this is a joke?
“That we are going to score nine goals or 18 goals tomorrow? Come on, be serious. We are just trying to win the game. It’ll we be a success for us to win the game, that’s all.”
On whether he will start Sergio Aguero or Phil Foden on Wednesday, Guardiola continued: “Maybe, I will decide tomorrow. I have an idea in general of the guys who will play but I have a few doubts.”