Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Pep Guardiola cracks up fan by telling him to ‘take his seat’ during win over Newcastle

Pep Guardiola had time to crack up a Manchester City fan despite the tight scoreline in a 1-0 win over Newcastle.

The Spaniard appeared to invite a dissenting supporter to take his seat during the clash settled by Julian Alvarez.

Alvarez’s winner was a thing of beautyGetty

TNT SportsGuardiola loved it[/caption]

Much was expected between the two Champions League sides at the Etihad, but once Alvarez scored the winner in the 31st minute, nothing came close to it.

Newcastle managed to shut out Erling Haaland even with his four shots, but despite that feat, the Magpies were just as blunt as a collective, only firing one shot on target at Ederson Moraes.

With just one goal in the game a nervy finish would typically be expected at the Etihad against such high quality opponents, but City so comprehensively had Newcastle at arm’s length that Guardiola managed to joke with a fan.

With 81 minutes on the clock, cameras picked up the treble-winning manager pointing at a fan and then his seat, seemingly suggesting that he should do the job.

Guardiola appeared to tell a fan to take his jobBeIN Sports

TNT SportsHe gestured towards his seat in the dugout[/caption]

The fan loved itBeIN Sports

The supporter cracked up at the exchange with one of his heroes, which talkSPORT commentator Sam Matterface talked through.

“Pep Guardiola has got engaged with a fan,” he said. “He either likes what he said or didn’t.

“Either way they were both laughing at the end which is good. I think he said, ‘You come down here and sit in my seat if you want’. 

“It was something like that, and the fan in last season’s away kit started laughing his head off.”

The manager and supporter weren’t too nervous thanks to a commanding defensive display from the home side at the Etihad.

They also had the brilliant Alvarez helping them out, showing City’s boundless depth despite a tricky summer transfer window.

Alvarez’s winner was a thing of beauty

The Argentine World Cup winner, who arrived from River Plate in a £14million deal last summer, currently has to settle for backing up who many consider the world’s best striker.

But as former Liverpool and Tottenham put it post-match, it’s just another display of the Citizen’s quality as Alvarez, “Would start for any other team in the league.”

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