Guardiola’s five greatest meltdowns after incredible Mike Dean touchline clash
Football can do funny things to someone, and Pep Guardiola once again highlighted this at Anfield.
Not for the first time, the Manchester City manager exploded into a huge ball of rage; flailing his arms around, dashing around his technical area in fury, and berating a bemused and unfazed Mike Dean.
Dean is normally found on the football pitch sarcastically staring into the souls of dissenting players, but he was given the fourth official's waterproof and substitution board for the 2-2 draw between Liverpool and City at Anfield.
Guardiola is normally as smooth and cool as the liquid football City produces, but he was seething once more, after James Milner did not receive a second yellow card for a professional foul.
After Guardiola's angry burst on the weekend, Daily Star Sport looks at five other meltdowns of the Catalan boss during his illustrious career.
Mourinho’s own Champions League trophy – 2011
When Jose Mourinho and Guardiola regularly faced off during their respective stints as Real Madrid and Barcelona; the football world eagerly awaited the pre-match and post-match press conferences.
Sometimes there was even more excitement there in front of the panel of journalists, then there was in front of 90,000 odd people at the Nou Camp and the Bernabeu.
And when Guardiola tired of Mourinho’s jibes and complaints about his side, Guardiola angrily swiped and swore about him in his pre-match press conference before Barcelona’s Champions League semi-final match against Real Madrid.
“If he wants his own personal Champions League, I’ll let him have his own off-field Champions League trophy,” said Guardiola.
“He can say or do whatever he wants. In this room Mourinho is the ******* chief, the ******* boss.”
Bayern Munich dressing room mole – 2016
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Guardiola’s final months as Bayern Munich gradually became more bitter, and all tensions between himself and many elements of the club came to light after Atletico Madrid knocked Bayern Munich out of the Champions League
An alleged argument between Guardiola and the club’s medical team about the fitness of Arjen Robben was leaked to German newspaper Bild, leaving him furious.
“Usually what happens inside the dressing room remains inside the dressing room,” said Guardiola
“Whoever has spoken has done it to hit me. But I'm not here next season anyway so it's not my problem, but Bayern's.
“It's happened plenty of times over these past three years.
"It's normal for me to talk to my players and staff and give them my opinion, but there are people here who are talking because they want to hurt me.”
Unhappy but happy Guardiola – 2017
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Normally when a team wins a football match after having a player sent off, their manager is even happier than normal – this was not the case with Guardiola.
After goals from Gael Clichy and Sergio Aguero secured a 2-1 home win against Burnley after Fernandinho was sent off, Guardiola was bizarrely tetchy and angry.
When speaking to BBC journalist Damian Johnson, the Catalan glared into his eyes the whole time and only said “Yeah, that’s true” to his first question.
When asked about the sending off he also said: “You are the journalist, not me!”
When pressed as to why he was so unhappy despite the win, Guardiola simply said: “I’m happy. More than you believe, I’m happy. I’m so happy, believe me. Happy new year!”
The Harry Kane team – 2017
Guardiola’s infamous labelling of Tottenham Hotspur as ‘the Harry Kane team’ is perhaps his most unique jibe as it came completely out of the Blues.
It seemed like a normal press conference, when Guardiola was asked to assess his title rivals in conjunction with City’s own title chances.
However, football journalists and supporters probably could not believe their ears when he called Tottenham “The Harry Kane Team” completely out of the Blue.
"It's in September, so Chelsea won 15 games in a row last season, were unbeatable and won the league, not easy, but they won it in advance," Guardiola said after City's win.
"Of course, this season has a little more problems because they [Chelsea] play every three days, that's always more complicated for all the teams.
"But we also have United, we saw again the Harry Kane team scores every day two or three goals."
It goes to show you can never predict what Guardiola may do or say during his conferences.
“TWICE!” Guardiola’s Anfield anger – 2019
After seeing two Manchester City penalty shouts waved away by the referee, Guardiola senses and control of his limbs became so emblazoned with anger he lost control.
It also did not help Guardiola felt City should have had a spot-kick in the build-up to Liverpool’s first goal, as Trent Alexander-Arnold appeared to stop a cross with his arm, before the ball was played upwards for Fabinho to smash home the opener.
When another City cross struck Arnold’s arm in the penalty area, Guardiola saw red as he screamed to himself, threw his arms in the air repeatedly, and wide eyed gesticulated at the fourth official while holding two fingers in the air.
After the game he marched up to the pitch, and shook Michael Oliver’s hand so hard he almost pulled his arm out of its socket; while saying “Thank you so much” repeatedly.
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