Guardiola: I like opponents to play

English Premier League

Raheem Sterling’s first-half strike proved enough to hand the Citizens a 1-0 win, making it 18 successive top-flight victories to open a 15-point lead at the top of the table.

And, speaking after the game, Guardiola said: "I would like the opponent to play, for football itself and for the spectator, for everybody. But every manager can decide whatever he wants," Guardiola told Sky Sports after the match.

"You have to find and search for a way to attack them when they defend with 11 players in the box, when a striker goes with our holding midfielder, and there are nine or 10 players there waiting for a throw-in or free-kick or corner.

"I cannot judge them. But I think attacking in that situation would create enough chances to score a lot of goals.

"It's always a belief that the best way to defend is far, far away from your goal. Most people think completely different, but that's why football is magnificent.”