Having played for Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, you would think that Cesc Fabregas would have some form of relationship with the new Manchester City manager. However, on Sunday afternoon, a cold moment between the pair suggested otherwise.
Having been repeatedly left out of Antonio Conte’s side of late, Cesc Fabregas was drafted back into the Italian’s line up in to face Manchester City. Fabregas put in a fantastic performance at the Etihad, most notably providing an incredible ball to Diego Costa for Chelsea’s equaliser.
El pase de Fábregas es poesía pura y el gol de Costa es tremendo.
— Futbolescencia (@Futbolman10) December 3, 2016
However, after the game, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for the Spanish international as, approaching his former manager, Fabregas received a rather frosty reception.
Pep Guardiola blanked Cesc Fabregas after Chelsea's 3-1 win at Manchester City.. https://t.co/Uz7k3u9Bt7
— Nitwik Football (@NitwikFootball) December 4, 2016
The reaction to the footage has been largely mixed with many criticising Guardiola for his childish conduct while others have claimed that the former Barcelona manager simply didn’t see Fabregas approaching.
However, according to Spanish outlet Marca, the reason is rather simple; Guardiola doesn’t like the Chelsea midfielder.
“Although publicly there has been no real hint of animosity, Fabregas’ Barcelona return when Guardiola was on the bench was not at the request of the tactician, who had no real interest in seeing him return to the Camp Nou.
“Fabregas’ move back to the Blaugrana largely came about as a result of Tito Vilanova’s insistence and pressure from key dressing room figures such as Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi, who are close friends with the ex-Arsenal man.
“Their coexistence in the dressing room was far from ideal and they did not part on the best of terms, with Fabregas going on to join Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in 2014 doing little to improve their relationship.”
Check out the best Twitter reaction to the bizarre interaction below;
— Vivian Onuoha (@vivianonuoha) December 4, 2016
@FootballExpose pep acting like a spoilt wanker , EPL lot harder than he thought
— bill taxi (@bill_football) December 4, 2016
— Stephen mc grath (@StephenMcGrath0) December 4, 2016
@ChelseaGIFs all these chelsea fans upset coz pep didnt shake the hands. Funny as fuck. He knows fabregas is a cock. End of
— Chris Brock (@No1brockster) December 3, 2016
— Paul (@Paul013320) December 5, 2016