Pep Guardiola loses his cool with John Stones after substitute wasn’t ready to replace injured Rodri during Champions League clash as Manchester City’s defensive crisis worsens
- Defensive midfielder Rodri injured his hamstring in the first half against Atalanta
- Englishman John Stones was clearly not ready which frustrated Pep Guardiola
- The Manchester City manager slammed one of the seats in the team dugout
- Guardiola’s side thrashed their Italian opponents 5-1 at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was furious with substitute John Stones for not being ready to come on in the first half against Atalanta on Tuesday.
Midfielder Rodri, who was playing at centre back, injured his hamstring in the first half and hobbled off the pitch.
But much to Guardiola’s frustration, Stones was not prepared at all to come on, and the City boss was visibly upset at the lack of urgency from the England international.
Pep Guardiola loses his cool with John Stones in the dugout as he slams his hand on the seat
Guardiola has his head in his hands as centre half Stones fiddles with his shin pads and socks
The Manchester City manager walks away furious at the length of time Stones was taking
As Stones sorted out his shin pads and socks, Guardiola walked up the steps and motioned to the defender.
He then slammed a chair in the dugout and walked hurriedly down the steps, as Stones eventually sorted himself out and came on to replace the stricken Rodri.
After the match, Stones told BT Sport: ‘I had them [shin pads] on.
Stones is pictured giggling with Manchester City team-mate David Silva before the match
‘I just needed to fix them up properly, time was off the essence and that’s what he [Pep Guardiola] wanted.’
City were winning the match 2-1 at the time but Guardiola could not hide his anger with the situation that unfolded – the Premier League champions went onto win the Champions League Group C game 5-1.
Atalanta took an early lead through Ruslan Malinovskiy’s penalty, but two Sergio Aguero goals – a tap-in and a penalty, both assisted by Raheem Sterling – flipped the match back in City’s favour.
Stones eventually came on, showing off the black eye sustained on Saturday against Palace
Guardiola looks forlorn during the early stages of Manchester City’s match against Atalanta
And Sterling stole the show in the second-half, scoring a stunning 11-minute hat-trick as City strolled to victory – Guardiola’s side are now just one point away from qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition.
However, the injury to Rodri gives the Manchester City manager another headache in defence.
Centre back Aymeric Laporte is out with a long-term injury, and knocks to Nicolas Otamendi and Stones himself have forced Guardiola to play midfielders Rodri and Fernandinho at the back in recent weeks.