Pep Guardiola saw his rampant Manchester City beat Huddersfield 6-1 before denying accusations that his club had disrespected Jose Mourinho in a recent documentary.
The eight-part series, entitled ‘All or Nothing’, was released by streaming service Amazon last week and has angered Manchester United manager Mourinho.
Accusing City of disrespect, Mourinho took a swipe at the Premier League champions, claiming “you cannot buy class”, for the way it features him and United in the programme.
But, after City swept aside Huddersfield at Eastlands, Guardiola addressed the claims and insisted his club had not intended to insult their neighbours.
“That is true, you cannot buy class. I agree with Jose,” Guardiola said.
“I think we lived an amazing season last season, there were cameras. We did it for ourselves. I don’t agree with Jose in terms of being disrespectful to them. This was not our intention, just to film what happened last season.
“But I think we are a club that is trying to grow, trying to win titles and we did it for ourselves, for the fans, to see what happened in our locker room.
“It’s his opinion, it’s Jose’s opinion. Another guy is going to say ‘we like it’ another guy will say ‘no’. But I agree with him, class you cannot buy.”
On the field, there was nothing to trouble the City manager, whose team enjoyed a three-goal performance from 30-year-old striker Sergio Aguero, who has now scored nine Premier League hat-tricks for the club.
The highlight of the game was David Silva’s superb 48th minute free-kick, scored in front of his son Mateo who was born prematurely eight months ago, requiring the Spanish star to return frequently to Valencia last season to be with his family.
“Of course, he was so motivated because his family, parents, wife, and especially Mateo were here,” said Guardiola.
“He scored an amazing goal for him. His son will never forget the first time he saw his father play football, he scored this outstanding goal. Last season was a tough moment for all his family. Fortunately the little boy fought a lot and he is here. It’s a special day for him, for us, for David.”
© Agence France-Presse (additional edits from Chris Kelleher)