Supporters of both Manchester City and the Citizens’ title-rivals have taken to social media in their numbers to discuss the incident involving Pep Guardiola and Nathan Redmond last night.
City welcomed Southampton to the Etihad for a Premier League clash yesterday evening, with many expecting the hosts to simply sweep aside the Saints with typical brilliance.
However, the matchup turned out to be far from a straightforward one for Guardiola’s men, with Oriol Romeu’s equaliser 15 minutes from time having thrown a spanner in the works for the Premier League table-toppers, following Kevin De Bruyne’s opener in the 47th-minute.
But, just when it looked as though City were set to drop their first points since the 2nd day of the season, man of the moment Raheem Sterling popped up with the decisive goal for the second game running, this time a full 6 minutes into injury-time.
Unsurprisingly, the majority of the talk following the full-time whistle surrounded Sterling’s winner, but there was another incident in the immediate aftermath of the clash which has had social media equally abuzz since.
The talking point involved Pep Guardiola and Southampton winger Nathan Redmond, with the Spanish tactician having embarked on a rather bizarre rant at the English wide-man as the pair made their way off the pitch towards the tunnel.
Guardiola appeared genuinely angry based on his gestures and tone, and even pushed Redmond in the chest at one point.
Last night’s game between Man City and Southampton was full of drama…
A last minute winner ⚽
Mad celebrations 🙌
Plus an INTENSE full-time rant from Pep Guardiola to Nathan Redmond 😡😡 pic.twitter.com/FtjD1ac8HT
— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) November 30, 2017
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has since defended his actions, though, explaining that he was actually complimenting Redmond on his talents:
‘I said to Redmond how good he is.’
‘Last season he destroyed us here, but today he couldn’t attack because he defended all the time.’
This has since led to a heated debate between fans online, with many supporters of Manchester City’s title-rivals (particularly Manchester United) suggesting that Guardiola should be handed a touchline ban based on his actions.
Others, meanwhile, have jumped to the defence of the always-fiery Spaniard, with some of the best roundup below:
Just seen the redmond guardiola incident.. That cant be right surely (?) Huge ban and/or fine for the latter please. (Imagine Mourinho…)
— Col (@colincheam) November 30, 2017
The puppets are at work praying for a ban of Guardiola at OT to ignite interest in a title race that will be dead if City win a united win means more internet hits advertising etc and more interest in the league all about money @samuelluckhurst @TelegraphDucker @OliverKayTimes
— Pacman (@pacman_joe) November 30, 2017
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) November 30, 2017
No way the FA will ban Guardiola for the game against United… They’ll want the 2 of them on the touchline hoping they kick off… Corrupt tossers
— Ian (@IanBarr73) November 30, 2017
— Andy Hampson (@andyhampson) November 29, 2017
Needless to say, to keep precedent Guardiola must receive a ban.
Knowing the FA however, he won’t get anything. https://t.co/RXtQbHqXWj
— tom☂️(AsensioEN) (@DalgIish) November 30, 2017
I think it’s complicated. Mourinho’s a prick 24 hours a day. Guardiola deserves criticism for yesterday, but until he tries to gouge out the eye of an opposition’s backroom staff member I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt.
— Adam Smith (@Adam_Smith_82) November 30, 2017
Final (I really hope) comment on Guardiola/Redmond: There is absolutely no way he does that if Redmond smashes it top corner for 2-1 in the 96th minute. All this “Look at Pep, trying to better people!” crap is so jarring.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) November 30, 2017
Erm…don’t really see what’s wrong with what Pep Guardiola did last night. Would just file under “he’s a bit eccentric”. Like Nathan Redmond seemingly did.
— Archie Rhind-Tutt (@archiert1) November 30, 2017
If Mourinho acted like Guardiola last night he would of got his coaching badges taken off him let alone a touchline ban
— Ger Mullins (@Ger_Mullins) November 30, 2017
Everyone is far to sensitive these days, Guardiola goes on the pitch and tell Redmond he’s a decent player, he was Showing passion and now people getting touchy. Settle down you melts
— Suttsy (@Jakobsutton) November 30, 2017