Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has protected his discredited defender Benjamin Mendy.

The Frenchman was heavily criticized for having celebrated a New Year's party with people from outside his own household, violating strict corona rules.

"Society is good at judging, but it would be better if we look at ourselves. I don't justify his behavior, he has broken the rules. But there is no need to lecture him like that," Guardiola said on Sunday after the 1-3 win over Chelsea.

Premier League players and former players condemned Mendy's behavior and called for severe punishment for failing to lead by example.

City has started an internal investigation, but did not leave Mendy out of the selection.

He was on the bench against Chelsea.

Guardiola also countered this criticism.

"I don't think footballers should have higher standards because they are seen as role models. They have the same responsibility as everyone else. Mendy knows he's made a mistake, but that's it."

Josep Guardiola was happy with what his side showed at Stamford Bridge.

Josep Guardiola was happy with what his side showed at Stamford Bridge.

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Guardiola proud of City's game

City missed a number of players against Chelsea due to corona virus infections, including goalkeeper Ederson, Kyle Walker, Gabriel Jesus, Ferran Torres and Eric García.

The fact that they won nevertheless made Guardiola proud.

"We played really well, this is a fantastic result," he said.

"Today we played a bit like two or three seasons ago."

After fifteen games, City is the number five in England, although the club has played one or two games less than the competition.

City rivals Manchester United will be the opponent in the semi-final of the League Cup on Wednesday.

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