“Trying to Be Casemiro,”: Fans React to Man City Star Rodri’s Red Card Against Nottingham

“Trying to Be Casemiro,”: Fans React to Man City Star Rodri’s Red Card Against Nottingham

Elijah Odetokun
September 23, 2023 at 5:39 PM
  • Manchester City midfielder Rodri has been sent off against Nottingham Forest
  • The Spanish midfielder grabbed Morgan Gibbs-White's neck during an altercation
  • Fans have reacted to the incident after Man Utd midfielder Casemiro was sent off for similar offence last season

Manchester City saw out the rest of their game against Nottingham Forest with 10 men after midfielder Rodri was sent off for violent conduct in the 46th minute.

City raced to a 2-0 lead in the first half thanks to goals from Phil Foden and household name Erling Haaland to go into halftime in the lead and comfortable.

Pep Guardiola's side are looking to make it six wins out of six, the only Premier League team to have a perfect start to the season and could be on course for history if they retain their title.

Rodri, Morgan Gibbs-White, Ola Aina, Manchester City, Nottingham Forest.
Manchester City midfielder Rodri was sent off for grabbing Morgan Gibbs-White's neck. Photo by Michael Regan.
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City have been the dominant side, enjoying the lion's share of the possession. As noted by TNT Sports, the champions made 46 passes in the buildup to Foden's goal, a league-high since 2014.

Fans react to Rodri's red card

Rodri is Man City's ever-present defensive midfielder, but the team will be without him for the next three games after he was given a straight red card for grabbing Morgan Gibbs-White's neck during an altercation in the opening minute of the second half.

It was his first-ever career red card, and he is already getting trolled on social media by rival fans, particularly Manchester United, who have likened the situation to how Casemiro was sent off against Crystal Palace last season for grabbing Will Hughes.

@Nisandrolopez wrote:

"He watched Casemiro closely😂"

@lecrvm wrote:

"Casemiro is his idol"

@ifesozomaah tweeted:

"For real they're competing for the most aggressive"

@__rowlan tweeted:

"Good thing he's got the same response Casemiro got 😂"

@Utd_4ever_ wrote:

"He wants to be compared to Casemiro so bad. lol"

Guardiola's furious exchange with Haaland

Elsewhere, Sports Brief reported Pep Guardiola's furious exchange with Erling Haaland during the half-time of Manchester City's 3-0 win over Burnley in the season's opening game.

The Spaniard boss explained the incident resulted from the Norwegian striker venting frustration at his teammate Bernardo Silva for not playing him in a promising position.

Haaland reiterated the story and affirmed he was happy with his manager's antics, as it exemplifies the fighting spirit in the team.

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