Pep Guardiola has been quite vocal on the issue of tough challenges in recent weeks. The Manchester City manager had called on officials to clamp down on over-the-top tackles, feeling that some of his players were being targeted.
“Please protect the players. Not the Manchester City players, [all] the players,” Guardiola argued after the FA Cup win over Cardiff City (via The Guardian). “The only thing they can do is that: protect the players. Or it will happen again. The players are the artists and you have to take care of them. That’s why you are here and why I’m here. For them, the players.”
However, he has taken the opposite stance this evening, as he watches his side take on Wigan in the FA Cup. The Premier League leaders were reduced to 10 men on the stroke of half-time after Fabian Delph was given his marching orders for a dangerous challenge, and most were in agreement that it was the correct call.
— Top Tackles (@TopTackles) February 19, 2018
The former Barcelona boss wasn’t one bit impressed with the decision, and was seen arguing with Wigan manager Paul Cook in the tunnel as the teams made their way into the dressing rooms for half-time.
Pep Guardiola and Paul Cook arguing in the tunnel and Pep charging at the referee before the camera cuts away pic.twitter.com/Rr9eZbc3A9
— BeanymanSports (@BeanymanSports) February 19, 2018
Guardiola clearly doesn’t agree with the referee on this one…