Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has played down his heated touchline discussion with Sergio Aguero during Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur.
The pair were seen engaged in an emotional conversation after the Argentine marksman was hauled off with 24 minutes remaining of the Premier League encounter.
The in-form Raheem Sterling put City in front before Erik Lamela equalised and Aguero netted a crucial strike to put the hosts back in front before being substituted. Lucas Moura – seconds after coming on – would ultimately then level proceedings.
Once taken off for Gabriel Jesus, who saw a very late winner denied by the video assistant referee (VAR), the club’s record goalscorer looked nonplussed and made his feelings known to Guardiola who in turn give back as good as he got.
The initial feeling behind the substitution was Guardiola being upset with Aguero’s defending in the build up to Moura’s goal, but that couldn’t be any further from the truth as a frustrated Guardiola explained post-match.
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“It was a misunderstanding. Sergio was upset because he thought I blamed him for their second equaliser,” he said.
“Emotions were running high. We played really well, we controlled left and right and created chances against a good side but we need to be more clinical. Tottenham created two chances and nothing else but unfortunately for us they scored them both.
“Our pressing and control was fantastic but we could not win the match. People will say we should do better but I don’t know.”
Pep-Aguero show: Five key things to know…
- Aguero was substituted with 24 minutes remaining in Man City’s 2-2 draw with Spurs.
- Earlier in the game he scored his 233rd goal for City to put them back in front.
- Sterling had given City the lead before Lamela equalised for the visitors.
- Moura grabbed Spurs’ second equaliser of the game seconds after coming off the bench.
- Aguero and City manager Guardiola were engaged in a heated discussion as he was being subbed off.