Vincent Kompany insists there was nothing malicious in his controversial challenge on Burnley winger Aaron Lennon.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche felt the City captain should have been sent off for his high challenge on Lennon in the first minute at the Etihad Stadium.
Lennon was able to play on after treatment but Dyche also revealed that the Clarets winger needed two stitches in a wound on his thigh.
Even so Kompany has defended the tackle and insists he mean no harm.
“It certainly wasn’t on purpose,” Kompany said. “It’s happening a bit blindside. I think I got my studs on his leg but it’s (going for) the ball. I think I got it and luckily he wasn’t injured. That’s the main thing.”
City took advantage of the reprieve to win 5-0 and maintain their pace at the top of the Premier League.
Kompany feels the side have improved at both ends of the field since last season – even though last term saw the club win the title with a record-breaking 100 points and 106 goals.
The Belgium defender said: “We work hard, try to improve everything. You might look at the five goals and say, ‘How good is the attack’? That’s a mistake, it’s the team who build it up from the back.
“And if you look at the fact we didn’t concede and say, ‘How good is the defence?’ that’s a mistake too. The strikers press from the front and make sure we recover the ball fast so we don’t concede too many chances.
“That’s what we’ve worked on, making sure the team can play both sides of the game.”