Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola claims the rise of social media is a major risk to the delicate relationship between managers and gamers.
Jose Mourinho’s strained relations with Paul Pogba at Manchester United got here below the highlight once more this week after posts positioned on Instagram by the controversial France star.
Throughout Manchester, Guardiola has his personal points with social media and off-field behaviour after admitting he needed to remind Benjamin Mendy of his duties when the Metropolis defender arrived late for remedy to an damage on Sunday.
Mendy, who has now missed Metropolis’s final 4 video games, has a bruised metatarsal in his foot, but the France worldwide posted pictures of himself late on Saturday at Anthony Joshua’s title battle at Wembley in London.
Guardiola confirmed he had no drawback with Mendy travelling to London for the bout regardless of his damage.
However the Spaniard is clearly pissed off by Mendy’s absence after he missed practically all of final season with a cruciate knee ligament damage.
“I don’t know (when he’ll return). I believe quickly, however I don’t know,” Guardiola mentioned.
“When a man comes right here and is injured for seven months or arrives right here and performs two or three video games and after one month is injured it’s all the time an issue.
“It’s all the time an issue to be concerned in the way in which we need to play and the conferences and correcting errors. That’s why it’s so vital. Hopefully this damage may be the final.”
The state of affairs between Guardiola and Mendy seems nowhere close to as flamable because the conflict of the egos between Mourinho and Pogba.
Nonetheless, Guardiola admits that social media, and the scrutiny that comes with it, has change into an issue and, tellingly, he has already issued Mendy a well mannered suggestion this season that he ought to tone down his behaviour in that space.
“Characters are fairly related or the identical,” he mentioned. “Rivals are opponents. Good guys are good guys. The egos are the identical.
“The one distinction is social media. Now it’s extra well-liked. Earlier than, no person knew what the gamers did contained in the locker room or exterior.
“Now everyone is aware of every little thing. Years in the past they have been human beings, they’re human beings now too.
“With fears and good issues and dangerous issues. So it’s fairly related. Now the media are extra concerned.
“Ten years in the past no person anticipated to make a documentary about what occurred contained in the locker room and now we made a documentary about what occurred contained in the locker room.
“Now everyone exterior is aware of what occurs inside, so we’ve to adapt. Human beings are the identical. It was the identical earlier than.”
‘I spoke with him’
Nonetheless, Mendy has been instructed, in no unsure phrases, that arriving late for coaching is unacceptable by the Metropolis supervisor.
“The gamers needs to be right here and he is aware of it. I spoke with him,” Guardiola mentioned.
“I’m sad at each participant arriving late. They should be on time. Usually whenever you arrive on time you arrive on time within the sport.
“On the excessive degree whenever you arrive late you arrive late within the sport.
“However I’ve no drawback (going to London). Boxing is so vital in England. In Spain no person cares.”
In the meantime, Guardiola confirmed he want to see Metropolis captain Vincent Kompany, who was this week awarded a testimonial, be given a brand new contract when his present one expires in June.
Kompany is in talks over a testimonial match to be performed in August and Guardiola mentioned: “Sure, that’s my want.
“Hats off! Ten years is so much. It’s unbelievable. He performed the League Cup this week prefer it’s the ultimate of the Champions League. Meaning so much to me.
“If he performs 5 minutes then they’ll be the most effective 5 minutes in his life.”