Pep Guardiola Loses His Temper With John Stones And Slams Seat In Fit Of Rage
John Stones felt the wrath of Pep Guardiola's temper on Tuesday night in a heated moment on the Manchester City bench.
Despite several high-profile injuries to defenders, the England international was left out of the starting line-up for City's Champions League win over Atalanta.
The £50 million centre-back was, however, needed as a substitute on the 40-minute mark.
Brazilian holding midfielder Fernandinho was deployed at the centre of defence, but when £60 million summer signing Rodri was forced off just before half-time with a hamstring injury, Pep turned to Stones - only to discover the England international wasn't quite ready.
The City boss was visibly upset, slamming the seat in front of Nicolas Otamendi, David Silva and Stones, who looked on awkwardly.
The incident might seem pretty insignificant to some but we reckon it's a stark reminder of just how much of a perfectionist Guardiola is, and how easily he can lose his temper when things aren't going his way.
After the full-time whistle, Stones explained how he was simply adjusting his shinpads when a furious Guardiola slammed his seat in frustration.
"I had them on but I just needed to fix them up properly," he told BT Sport. "Time is of the essence and that's obviously what he wanted."
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Away from the incident off the pitch, City dominated in their Champions League group stage tie against Atalanta, despite going behind after Fernandinho conceded a penalty in the 28th minute.
Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick, and Sergio Aguero bagged a brace in a convincing 5-1 win.
Guardiola praised Sterling for his efforts against the Serie A outfit last night.
"His physicality is incredible. He is strong - the day after the game, he could play another game - his regeneration is incredible." he said after full-time.
"He can play both sides and he is fast so, defensively, he helps us a lot. He is an extraordinary, extraordinary player."
Perfect night home with my very first Champions League hat trick happy to see the hard work is paying off, plenty more to come hopefully :fire::fire: #aimhigher pic.twitter.com/REdIl83Mzh
- Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) October 22, 2019
"He's in the top five players in the world now. Definitely! I don't care who you mention!!"
Goals and assists :soccer:
Always learning :chart_with_upwards_trend:
Still only 24 years old :flushed:
Raheem Sterling is among the world's best according to @rioferdy5... pic.twitter.com/jSlUo5nGKi
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 22, 2019
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