- Rodrigo Has Apologised For Red Card Says Pep Guardiola.
Pep Guardiola says Rodrigo apologised to his City team-mates after his red card against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
The midfielder was sent off in the 46th minute of our 2-0 victory over Steve Cooper’s side after an altercation with Morgan Gibbs-White.
That left City down to 10 men for the remainder of the match, with Guardiola calling on Kalvin Phillips to fill in at central midfield.
City 2-0 Forest | Match report
City had dominated the first period, with Phil Foden and Erling Haaland scoring the goals to put us ahead.
We then held our own in the second half, restricting the visitors to just three shots on target as we made it six wins from six in this season’s Premier League.
Asked about Rodrigo’s response in the dressing room after the game, Guardiola said the Spaniard was contrite.
“He has done it. He has apologised. [He said] Sorry,” he said.
“Rodri has to control his emotions. I can get a yellow card but Rodri cannot get a red.
“I don’t play, the players in the pitch have to control their emotions.”
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The Etihad crowd got behind 10-man City in the second half to help see us over the line for our 300th Premier League home win.
Guardiola believes that atmosphere was crucial as his players worked tirelessly to keep Forest out.
“You can lie to one person but not almost 60,000 people,” he said.
“It’s impossible. They see we are not lazy, they see we do everything to defend a result from the difficulties we had in the second half.
“The spectators are involved in that and that’s why they can give more energy when they are tired.”