Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola did not conceal his disappointment as midfielder Rodri acquired despatched off of their 2-0 Premier League win at Nottingham Forest on Saturday (September 23).
Metropolis bossed proceedings on the Etihad, with Phil Foden opening the scoring inside seven minutes, changing a Kyle Walker cross. Seven minutes later, Erling Haaland doubled the benefit, heading in a Matheus Nunes cross as Guardiola’s aspect ran Forest ragged.
The reigning Premier League winners did not construct on their lead as they reached half-time, and that nearly got here again to hang-out them. A minute into the second interval, midfielder Rodri noticed a straight pink for violent conduct.
In a second of insanity, the Spaniard put his arms round Morgan Gibbs-White’s throat whereas jostling for a nook. Referee Anthony Taylor brandished a straight pink, and VAR upheld the choice. That left Metropolis to play virtually everything of the second half with a person much less.
However, the Cityzens displayed their character and resilience, rising unscathed to increase their excellent begin to their league marketing campaign to 6 wins.
Nonetheless, Guardiola was understandably sad with Rodri, saying (as per Tyrone Marshall):
“Hopefully Rodri will study. He has to manage his feelings. I don’t prefer to play in opposition to 10. In the present day he isn’t one of the best midfielder on the earth.”
Rodri’s dismissal for violent conduct means he’ll now miss the subsequent three English video games in opposition to Newcastle United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Arsenal.
How have Manchester Metropolis fared this season?
Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guradiola
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester Metropolis have made a glowing begin to their 2023-24 marketing campaign. Their defeat to Arsenal on penalties within the FA Group Defend final month stays their solely blemish.
Since then, Guardiola’s aspect beat Sevilla on penalties to win their first UEFA Tremendous Cup earlier than profitable their first six Premier League video games to stay atop the standings.
The Cityzens additionally commenced their UEFA Champions League title protection with a 3-1 residence win over Serbian aspect Crvena Zvezda in midweek. Contemplating their rousing begin to the season – eight straight wins throughout competitions – Metropolis look good for an additional historic marketing campaign.
They’re trying to develop into the primary crew within the Premier League period to win the four-peat and the primary crew within the UEFA Champions League period to defend their title.
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