Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, has revealed that he is ‘mad’ with Rodri after he was sent off against Nottingham Forest.
Speaking to the press (through Manchester City’s official website) following his team’s 2-0 victory over Steve Cooper’s side, the Catalan manager was asked about the £63 million (ESPN) man’s red card.
Pep Guardiola was clearly disappointed with Rodri after Manchester City overcame Nottingham Forest.
Pep Guardiola is ‘mad’ with Rodri following Manchester City’s win against Nottingham Forest. Described as ‘complete’ by Frank LeBouef, the 27-year-old was in typically superb form in the first half, as shown by his perfect raking pass to Kyle Walker, who set up Phil Foden’s opening.
However, in the 46th minute, the Spaniard was sent off for putting his hands on Morgan Gibbs-White’s neck, which is considered violent conduct.
Pep Guardiola was asked if he was ‘mad’ with Rodri after Manchester City grinded out another win over Nottingham Forest.
“Yes,” he said.
“I don’t like to assign a value of ten to our flaws.” At halftime, I warned the players to be cautious. We’ve reached a point in the game where we’re at ease. Relax and keep your emotions in check. Rodri, unfortunately, did not accomplish it.”
Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, also counseled Rodri to learn from his moment of craziness against Nottingham Forest.
“Hopefully, Rodri will catch on. The game was beautiful for the first 35 minutes, but then it devolved into mayhem. That was certainly not our responsibility. But Rodri had to keep his emotions in check.” “Because I can get a yellow card, but Rodri can’t, and I don’t play.”
Rodri has declared Arsenal the favorites for the next two weeks.
While Pep Guardiola and Manchester City were able to live without the midfield lynchpin against Nottingham Forest, can the same be true against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium?
It’s certainly not out of the question.
However, the Sky Blues do not have a top-tier substitute for Rodri, who is perhaps their most indispensable player.
The absence of the treble winner is a major setback for City against a squad of Arsenal’s caliber, especially away from home, and makes the hosts the favorites to secure the all-important three points.
Rodri, in the end, deserved to be sent out for his irresponsible behavior on Saturday.