Guardiola stoked tensions ahead of next weekend's top-of-the-table showdown with Liverpool by taking a swipe at the Senegal global for going to ground too easily.
"Sometimes he has this talent to score incredible goals in the last minute".
But then Pep cheekily borrowed the Liverpool manager's words to respond to a "throwaway' jibe about tactical fouls. Sometimes at 94 minutes against Leicester (City) with the penalty (in the 2-1 win) it was like "wow", he told reporters ahead of City's Champions League group stage match at Atalanta.
"Sadio is not a diver".
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The Spaniard said: "Do you think we can prioritise four titles in one season if we prioritise games?"
"I am not too sure if I want to put oil on the fire". I couldn't really believe it to be honest.
No matter the make up of Man City's team, with a mouthwatering clash against Premier League title rivals Liverpool just around the corner, they will pose a strong challenge for Atalanta who are in danger of losing their way.
Trezeguet speaks after his first Premier League goal
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith believes referees' authority is being challenged by VAR. The EPL's all-time top goalscorer said on the BBC: "Good teams keep going".
"In hindsight he might look back on that and think, "I wish I hadn't said that". "I don't doubt my players at all".
"This massive Premier League game at Anfield on Sunday means so much to both sides and it would not surprise me to see both Liverpool and City resting players for what should be reasonably comfortable games in the Champions League with an eye on this massive contest at the weekend. We made a good comeback".
Boss Guardiola selects Ederson in goal, while at the back he goes with Joao Cancelo and Bernard Mendy as full-backs.
Liverpool have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit of Genk, who were beaten 4-1 when the sides met in Belgium two weeks ago.
Also in Group B we have Bayern Munich v Olympiakos as the Germans start life without manager Niko Kovac with Hansi Flick the interim manager and Arsene Wenger now favourite to get the job permanently.
But Emery has now overseen a run of two wins from the last nine league games after Jimenez rose to header in an equaliser with 14 minutes remaining.
"They have super players, Sterling is very fast, so we'll have to be aggressive and very careful in the markings".
Manchester City needed an 86th-minute victor from defender Kyle Walker to complete their comeback at home to Southampton who was a vastly improved side to the one which suffered a 9-0 defeat at home to Leicester City a week ago.