Pep Guardiola’s heated exchange with Graham Potter at full time of Brighton 3-2 win over the new Premier League champs has been explained.
The Seagulls boss apologised to Manchester City after he and the Spaniard got into a spat on the touchline which left many wondering what it was all about.
There were surprise scenes at the Amex Stadium as the Seagulls came back from 2-0 down to claim a remarkable 3-2 victory on Tuesday night, with City playing for 80 minutes with ten men.
Words were said between the two managers and the City bench on the final whistle, with Guardiola apparently unhappy with something Potter had done during the game.
It then emerged the manager was not pleased with the way Potter celebrated as his side came back from certain defeat to stun the champions.
Guardiola refused to be drawn on the situation after the game, saying: “No, what I should tell I say personally.”
However, Potter held his hands up and felt the need to apologise for his actions, admitting ‘it was not my finest moment’.
“The first goal I was a bit emotional,” said the boss in his post-match press conference.
“It wasn’t my finest hour, I have to apologise.
“It was not meant with any intent, it was an emotional response and wasn’t a good one.
“I apologise, no offence meant but I admit it wasn’t a nice moment.”
Pep Guardiola and Graham Potter clashed at the final whistle of Brighton’s win over champions Manchester City with jubilant scenes from the fans in the stands. pic.twitter.com/hGf4omcEG4
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 18, 2021
Almost 8,000 supporters were allowed back through the turnstiles at the Amex to see goals from Leandro Trossard, Adam Webster and Dan Burn in the second half completed a sensational comeback after Gundogan and Foden had scored.
Brighton boss Graham Potter said after the game: “They’re the best team in the world and the boys had to stick in and carry on and I am just so pleased for them that they get an evening like this in front of the supporters.
“The most important connection is between the supporters and the players at the football club and I think tonight would have helped that.
“It’s been a tough year. I think ’emotional’ is a good word to describe the feeling in the stadium.
“I thought the players gave everything, it was incredible. They put in a really top performance and I think the crowd appreciated it.”
🗣”It wasn’t my finest hour.”
Graham Potter apologised to Pep Guardiola after they both clashed at full-time pic.twitter.com/tTUWYEQw2f
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 18, 2021
Man City boss Pep Guardiola: “Eleven against 11 against Brighton is tough, 11 against 10 is difficult so we have to improve for the final.
“On Sunday, with our people, we are going to lift the trophy. And after, we are going to go for the final of the Champions League.
“I am concerned because this is the final of the Champions League, because the opponent is so tough.
“I saw incredible things today in the pitch with 11 against 10 for 80 minutes in the Premier League. We are fortunate to lift the (Premier League) trophy and we did it ourselves. Nobody gave us absolutely anything; nothing.
“That’s why I am so proud of the team; it means how difficult is the Premier League again, and now we’re going to prepare as best as possible for the final of the Champions League.”
Fans reacted at Pep Guardiola’s heated exchange with Graham Potter as it gets explained…
@D2588Ryan: Potter has since come out and apologised so I imagine the words were warranted. Not to mention Pep was probably seething from some of the worst refereeing in recent times. I thought VAR was supposed to help prevent that?!
@LouisDewing: He not allowed to celebrate with the fans when his 6’7 left back scores a winner against the champions?
@adrianctully: What exactly are Brighton celebrating?? It’s embarrassing
@AlbionSmudge: There’s been a pandemic, fans back ( in small numbers), last home game of the season, just come back from 0-2 down to beat the Champions. Let’s just clap politely & all go home eh? 🙄
@cpbrdthewrdrbe: They won the league and no one cares, they might win the champions league and again, no one will care. All the best.
@MattBennett93: He’s not used to losing to teams like Brighton. His Barca and Bayern teams usually steamrolled lower half opposition. Few years in the Premier League should have taught him that.
@paulo060802: He’s jealous of the atmosphere brighton have
@King_al3xander: When you argue with your missus and her friends get involved
@CazorlaisGOAT: Pep is such a sore loser man
@EdMay26LFC: Don’t look back in anger Pep 😂
@huzy_97: Pep smoking a cigar yesterday, only to get rattled by a guy who looks like a high school IT technician
@updarragh: Pep is a weirdo man
@Kooshycooooooo: Potter as apologised for his behaviour and said he’s embarrassed by what he did when they scored so think it’s more to do with that than being a sore loser….
@mistylucas80: Peps such a nice man until someone beats him.
@TomBeresford8: Potter is seriously underrated 👏🏻👏🏻
@pbhoy: What a joke having to apologise for celebrating a goal
@Liam_EJ: Pep is a sore loser
@samdewar06: Potter suddenly goes right up in my estimation
@MattyM02: Best manager in the league got Pep rattled
@ColliFlowrr: Pep needs to Brighton up
@DannyLannon: Can’t stand the man since we beat them in the cup, all his so called class soon goes out the window when he’s losing.
@scottlley: Showing his class again there Pep.
@United_Jav: Guardiola crying after losing? What a b*tch
@andygilhooley82: Brighton had just beaten by far the best team in the league this year. He did absolutely nothing wrong.
@stephenbrisco: Christ. Let the man celebrate. VAR has robbed us of most of the joy of football.
@CraigJamesMosti: Pep being a bad loser..again
@_AshWilliams83: Pep once again showing his true colours and how bitter he is in defeat.