Man Metropolis boss Guardiola defends Aguero amid outcry over touching lineswoman


The Argentine discovered himself on the centre of controversy simply earlier than half-time of his aspect’s 1-Zero win in opposition to Arsenal on the Etihad Stadium

Pep Guardiola has defended Sergio Aguero after the striker was criticised for touching lineswoman Sian Massey-Ellis throughout Saturday’s win over Arsenal. 

Aguero discovered himself on the centre of controversy simply earlier than half-time on the Etihad Stadium after he took exception to Massey-Ellis signalling a throw-in for Arsenal, when the striker believed it ought to have been Metropolis’s ball. 

The striker confronted Massey-Ellis and grabbed her by the shoulder close to her neck, earlier than his arm brushed throughout her again. Massey-Ellis reacted by swatting Aguero’s arm away from her.

The incident induced loads of robust reactions, with many believing the veteran striker had touched Massey-Ellis in an inappropriate trend.

After the sport, which Metropolis received 1-Zero because of a Raheem Sterling objective, Guardiola tried to shift the main focus off the incident.

“Come on guys. Sergio is the nicest individual I ever met in my life. Search for issues in different conditions, not on this one,” the Man Metropolis supervisor instructed reporters.

Guardiola additionally spoke concerning the significance of Metropolis’s win, which got here after an detached begin to the season.

Saturday’s win was solely Metropolis’s second in 4 Premier League matches, with the 2018-19 champions additionally recording a 1-1 draw in opposition to Leeds and a 5-2 defeat to Leicester Metropolis.

“It was a decent sport as we anticipated. It was for our heads, so vital this victory, for the issues that we’ve,” Guardiola instructed Sky Sports activities.

“Within the sport in opposition to Leeds, Ederson made excellent saves and once more right this moment.

“What we’ve carried out right this moment, with out the ball, defending collectively. I believe Nathan [Ake] and Ruben [Dias] had been unimaginable, and Kyle [Walker] as a central defender.

“We couldn’t prepare one session on the build-up [with this back three]. We want extra time to develop as a workforce, nevertheless it’s okay

“I believe this sport goes to assist us to make a step ahead.”

The end result was Guardiola’s 500th victory of his teaching profession, together with his stint in command of Barcelona B.

Guardiola’s aspect are subsequent in motion with their Champions League opener in opposition to Porto on Wednesday earlier than they return to their Premier League schedule with a match in opposition to West Ham subsequent weekend.


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