Pep Guardiola involved in HEATED exchange with Vincente Guaita after the Crystal Palace goalkeeper kept a clean sheet against Manchester City to put a dent in their title hopes
- Crystal Palace put a dent in Manchester City’s title hopes with a goalless draw
- Vincente Guaita has kept a clean sheet against City in both fixtures this season
- After the match, he and City manager Pep Guardiola had a heated exchange
Pep Guardiola was involved in a heated debate with goalkeeper Vincente Guaita following Manchester City’s goalless draw with Crystal Palace.
Guaita kept a clean sheet which could prove costly to Guardiola’s side come the end of the season.
It opens the door for Liverpool to close the gap at the top to just one point, should they beat Arsenal on Wednesday.
Pep Guardiola had a heated exchange with Vincente Guaita after Man City’s 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace
The two faced off as they both passionately tried to put their point across to one another
But there was a bizarre confrontation after the final whistle between the goalkeeper and the Man City manager.
After the match, Guardiola did not reveal what the animated exchange was about beyond ‘congratulating him for an incredible effort and his saves’.
Initially, Guardiola gave Guaita a pat on the back, before the goalkeeper seemed to say something which had the manager stop in his tracks.
Guaita continued to put his point across with Guardiola laughing at his Spanish compatriot.
The two then went face-to-face as Guardiola started waving his hands around as he responded to what Guaita was trying to tell him with both men seeming to be very happy.
It’s not certain what point the two men were trying to put across to each other in the row
Guaita and Guardiola eventually made up and embraced before going their own ways
They eventually did seem to settle their differences as they embraced before heading their separate ways.
Guardiola would have been frustrated after Guaita put in a fine performance against his side.
He made four saves, including a superb stop to prevent a Kevin De Bruyne volley hitting the back of the net.
City also hit the post twice, either side of half-time, while Bernardo Silva saw an effort go wide from close range.
Guaita made four saves as he kept a clean sheet against City for the second time this season
Guardiola’s side have opened the door for Liverpool to close the gap at the top to one point
Guaita also kept a clean sheet against City in the reverse fixture which Patrick Vieira’s side won 2-0 at the Etihad in October.
‘There are still nine games, a lot of points,’ Guardiola said after the goalless draw, admitting he will be tuning in to watch Liverpool’s game at Arsenal.
‘There are many, many games still and the way we play in general is more than good, but we didn’t win and we drop two points.
‘We have points and one game more, (at the) international break we will be the leader – but who knows?
‘We played a fantastic football game in all departments. We created a lot of chances to win and were unfortunate not to score.’
It’s not the first time that Guardiola has had a heated exchange with an opposing player.
Guardiola previously delivered an astonishing rant to Nathan Redmond – saying how much he admired him and how he should improve
After City’s 2-1 win over Southampton in December 2017, he delivered an astonishing lecture to Saints winger Nathan Redmond.
Guardiola prodded Redmond several times, tapped the 23-year-old’s chest and told him in animated terms how much he admired and what he needed to improve on.
Guardiola was alleged by one media report to have called Redmond a ‘w****r’, but the England international afterwards said that was not the case.
‘I’ve just seen this story and felt I had to say something and clear a few things that are floating around right now,’ he wrote on Instagram.
‘I want to make it absolutely clear that the Man City Manager, Pep Guardiola did not say what The Sun is falsely claiming in this story.
‘Yes he was very passionate, intense and aggressive but he was only very complimentary and positive to me.’
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