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Pep Guardiola explains why he shouted at Erling Haaland and shoved Sky Sports camera

Pep Guardiola explains why he shouted at Erling Haaland and shoved the Sky Sports camera during the 3-0 win at Burnley’s Turf Moor.

The Man City boss was seen expressing his frustration with the goalscorer at half time of their Premier League opener on Friday night.

Despite City leading 2-0 through a brace from Haaland, Guardiola produced a frosty exchange with the striker as he made his way to the dressing room at the break.

Haaland himself wasn’t pleased as the whistle blew to signal half time, frustrated with fellow team-mate Bernardo Silva for not passing the ball to him.

Gary Neville reacted: “There will be some people who love the intensity of that, the relentlessness of it, showing why he’s a genius.

“There will be others asking why he’s doing it in a public forum with the cameras on. I’ve played with one of the most intense managers in the history of the game but he would have always done it in the dressing room.”

Commentator Jamie Carragher added: “We’ve seen Pep do that with players before. The only thing watching this game, I think, can City get the ball into Haaland earlier? He’s finding himself one-vs-one.

“Maybe Pep’s not so much frustrated with Haaland but the demand is to get him more involved. The ball needs to come into him earlier so he can get more involved.”

Guardiola played down any suggestions of a falling out with Haaland, telling Sky Sports: “We had to play more direct with Haaland and we showed that in the second half. He wants all the time, ball to him, ball to him.

“He was saying, ‘give it to me in behind, man to man and I’m going to do it’. But when you have two or three minutes left of the half… Kovacic and Rodri lost the ball.

“Bernardo [Silva] was then correct to not give him another ball. But it’s not a problem. He scored two goals and he’s really happy.”

Haaland said his manager was “a bit mad” at his complaints at fellow team-mates, telling Sky Sports: “It was because of the last action when Bernardo didn’t play me in – he [Pep] was a bit mad at me.

“Everyone sees I’m developing my game. I try my best every day.

“It’s a pleasure to work with Pep. I don’t know if there is anyone better for a young player as I’m still young, don’t forget. I just have to enjoy the chaos around me and perform on the pitch.”

A Erling Haaland double and a Rodri strike take Man City to a 3-0 win at Burnley, while Kevin De Bruyne went off injured; Rico Lewis was also hit by lighter thrown from crowd.

SEE MORE: Man City’s Rico Lewis has lighter thrown at his face by Burnley fan; pitch invader taken down by steward

Player ratings

Burnley: Trafford (6); Roberts (5), Beyer (6), Al-Dakhil (5), O’Shea (5), Vitinho (5); Berge (5), Cullen (6); Koleosho (5), Amdouni (6), Foster (5).

Subs: Zaroury (4), Larsen (5), Benson (5), Redmond (n/a), Brownhill (n/a).

Man City: Ederson (7); Walker (7), Akanji (7), Ake (7), Lewis (7); De Bruyne (7), Rodri (9), Alvarez (7); Silva (8), Haaland (9), Foden (7).

Subs: Kovacic (7), Laporte (6), Gvardiol (6), Palmer (n/a), McAtee (n/a).

Player of the match: Erling Haaland

Kompany insists his side will improve as the season goes on, telling Sky Sports: “We had five guys who started their first game for the club and we had a guy who made his career debut.

“We had chances. We knew it was going to be tough.

“We have to take the positives from this game. You can’t feel good with a defeat but I’ve seen enough to show we’ve made progress since the last time we played. This team is only going to get stronger.”

Kompany wasn’t happy with supporters who booed as the players took a knee before kick off, saying: “Let’s be honest, it’s not something new.

“Of course I can’t be happy with it – the colour of my skin should make clear why.

“The amount of people that booed is a lot less than it used to be and there’s a lot of people that clapped.

“I believe in time and working together. They are part of our family, no matter what, and we have to change the mentality.”

Here’s what fans are saying as Pep Guardiola explains why he shouted at Erling Haaland and shoved the Sky Sports camera…

@Kev1Lfc: He seen the camera close to him

@shxn_its: pep wants some attention…

@MzzSheriff: Gary’s right!! Why do it there

@MUFC_AMGF1: By the new directives etc I would expect action from the FA for the physicality towards the camera

@Jay_LFC1998: Absolute freak. All for the cameras. Why does this conversation have to happen right there? You literally have 15 minutes behind closed doors to get everything out

@Elson7James: Batting the camera away – so arrogant. They’re in an entertainment arena! Want a quiet word, have it in the dressing room.

@MrCamkicks: Such an actor

@PabloLFC1: Everybody look at me not Haaland

@edgyt10: These top managers love the camera, Jose came in all them years ago and changed the face of management. Their all Hollywood now

@GregCosgrove1: New season still craving attention. The man is a brilliant coach but an even better self promoter

@Devereuxxx: ‘I thought the cameras were on me and if you shout at people who have bagged two people think you are a genius, so much.’

@BrianDurand56: It’s just Pep seeking to be centre stage

@PhilBowds: Ooooo look cameras on me let’s have another fake tantrum

@JimmyMurphySing: Should of done it in the dressing room

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