Pep Guardiola Fires Warning to Rodri After ‘unnecessary’ Red Card vs Nottingham Forest

Pep Guardiola Fires Warning to Rodri After ‘unnecessary’ Red Card vs Nottingham Forest

Rene Otinga
September 24, 2023 at 9:06 AM
  • Rodri was sent off early in the second half agait Nottingham Forest
  • The midfielder is ow set to miss three Premier League games, including a crucial clash against Arsenal on October 8
  • Pep Guardiola spoke on the red card as he called out his midfielder for the ‘unnecessary’ dismissal

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola could not hide his disappointment after his midfielder Rodri was shown a straight red card against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

In what was a brief moment of madness, the Spaniard was given his marching orders in the first minute of the second half after a confrontation with Morgan Gibbs-White saw him show his hands on the opponent’s neck.

City were leading 2-0 at the time thanks to goals from Phil Foden and Erling Haaland, and Forest boss Steve Cooper decided to throw caution to the wind by intensifying his side’s attack after the home side went down to 10 men.

Rodri reacts while leaving the pitch after being shown a red card during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Nottingham Forest at Etihad Stadium on September 23, 2023 in Manchester, England. Photo by George Wood.
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According to BBC, the Citizens held on for the victory as Guardiola maintained a 100% start to his third straight title defence.

“Control yourself”

In his post-match interview, Guardiola openly called out Rodri for failing to control himself, hence the dismissal.

"It’s eight years here and we know each other quite well. I said at half-time to be careful. Relax, and control your emotions. Unfortunately, Rodri didn’t do it. We have to accept it, the decision of, I don’t know the name of the referee.” Guardiola said, as cited on Manchester Evening News.
He added, "Hopefully Rodri will learn. The game was perfect after 35 minutes for both sides trying when it became chaos it wasn't our responsibility, that’s for sure.”
"Rodri has to control himself and his emotions. I can get a yellow card but Rodri can't. I don’t play. You have to be careful."

Incidentally, Guardiola was also booked for protesting a yellow card to Manuel Akanji in the first half.

City’s next game is an EFL Cup third round clash against Newcastle United on Wednesday, September 27.

Guardiola matches Mourinho’s record

Sports Brief also reported on how Pep Guardiola matched a unique stat set by Jose Mourinho with his sixth straight win in the Premier League.

In winning a sixth league game in a row, Guardiola inadvertently matched a feat only achieved by Jose Mourinho all the way back in 2005.

According to the Premier League on X, Guardiola is only the second reigning champion to win the first six games of the following season.

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