Pep Guardiola’s Frustration On Full Display As Man City Settle For Draw In Champions League
On Wednesday, Manchester City let their one-goal lead slip against RB Leipzig, drawing 1-1 in the Champions League last 16. Despite Riyad Mahrez putting City ahead, Leipzig fought back in the second half, with Josko Gvardiol scoring the equalizer 20 minutes from time.
Guardiola, who did not make any substitutions during the match, responded to the result with sarcasm, stating that people “expect a 0-5 win”.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was quick to offer a sarcastic response during his post-match interview with BT Sport following his side’s 1-1 draw with RB Leipzig on Wednesday.
Guardiola asked, “What do you expect? Are we playing a friendly game here? How many games have you seen from Leipzig?” He went on to state that some people have unrealistic expectations and expect his team to win by a huge margin.
Guardiola also highlighted the difficulty of the competition and the grueling schedule his team has been facing. Despite this, he maintained his confidence in his team’s abilities.
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This calendar year has seen Guardiola respond to reporters in an unorthodox manner on multiple occasions. In January, he expressed his lack of concern for the league after a string of disappointing results and later criticized City fans despite celebrating a significant win over Tottenham.
In February, he complained about the taxing nature of traveling to London, comparing it to northern Europe. Most recently, he made remarks mocking Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip that cost Liverpool the title in 2014, although he later apologized for his comments.
Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola’s decision to not make any substitutions in their Champions League match against RB Leipzig on Wednesday was a rare occurrence in the competition. In fact, it made City the first team since October 2018, when Manchester United faced Juventus, to not make any changes in a Champions League game.
Pep Guardiola will take charge of his team’s next game against Bournemouth in an away fixture on Saturday. Given his recent post-match outbursts, if City faces any obstacles and the game does not go their way, it could result in another fiery response from the Spaniard.