Man City progressed further in the FA Cup, into the fifth round, with yesterday’s 2-0 victory over Cardiff City. Goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling assisted the Citizens in dominating the match.
However, Pep Guardiola was seen unhappy disregarding the victory they enjoyed in the knockout match. The Spaniard was furious over the standard of refereeing, as Joe Bennett viciously injured Leroy Sane in a ridiculous tackle.
Prior to the half-time whistle, the Cardiff man hurt the German in a horrific studs-up challenge, which the referee made up his mind to let go with just a yellow card for the defender.
The decision was far too lenient as per the City gaffer, who predicts that his injured player could be on the sidelines for at least three weeks.
Accordingly, the Spanish tactician exchanged a heated conversation with the officials after the full-time whistle concerning the incident, in spite of the fact that Bennett later got sent off for a separate offence.
The illustrious gaffer and the man of the moment told the reporters posterior to the match: “I don’t understand the (Bernardo) goal that we didn’t get, but that is okay. We can accept that. But they have to protect the players,”
“They [refs] are there to protect the players. When there is a fault, there is a fault, and when it is dangerous, it is dangerous. We will see [Sane’s injury] tomorrow, he could be out for two, three, four weeks.”
Furthermore, it seems it wasn’t just Guardiola who was irritated by the reckless challenge, as the German national team took to Twitter at half-time to notify the Welsh side to be more cautious with their challenges ahead of Die Mannschaft’s participation in the World Cup.
Written by Hritwik NE
Passionate writer, coated in Blue.