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Guardiola reveals reason for heated exchange with De Bruyne

Pep Guardiola has revealed the source of his heated exchange with star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne during Manchester City’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool. Guardiola admitted that De Bruyne’s reluctance to be substituted sparked the confrontation. The tension between the two boiled over when Guardiola signaled for De Bruyne to leave the pitch, a move that the midfielder clearly opposed.

The incident unfolded during a crucial moment in the match, with both teams vying for control. De Bruyne’s frustration at being taken off was palpable, leading to a heated discussion between him and Guardiola on the sidelines.

After the full-time whistle, Guardiola told beIN Sports that substituting De Bruyne was purely tactical. And when asked whether the 32-year-old’s anger stemmed from a reluctance to come off, he said: “Yeah. I like it, I like it.”

In his post-match press conference, Guardiola added: “He’s happy now. I like it that he was upset. He has a chance next game to prove how wrong I was.”

The exchange continued even after De Bruyne took his place on the bench, highlighting the intensity of the situation.

Despite the disruption, City managed to hold firm against Liverpool’s relentless attacks in the second half. Guardiola’s tactical decision, though controversial, ultimately proved effective in securing a point for his side.

However, the fallout from the incident underscores the importance of managing egos and maintaining composure in high-pressure situations.

De Bruyne’s pivotal role in City’s lineup makes his discontent all the more significant, reflecting the challenges faced by managers in balancing player expectations with team strategy.

Guardiola’s willingness to address the issue publicly demonstrates his commitment to transparency and accountability within the squad.

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