Considering Manchester City have secured three trophies (Premier League, Carabao Cup and Community Shield) in 2018 and beat Arsenal 2-0 to open their 2018/19 league campaign, it would seem preposterous to state trouble is brewing at the club, but that’s exactly what seems to be happening.
Pep Guardiola, after masterminding his side’s win over the Gunners at the Emirates, was supposed to be purring with delight with Benjamin Mendy’s display, for after all the defender had notched two assists, but instead took the opportunity to speak about the Frenchman’s social media antics.
Here are the Catalan’s post-match comments on his World Cup winning-defender:
PEP: @benmendy23 is Mendy. Sometimes we want to kill him and sometimes you think wow what a player we have. He gives us energy. Mendy has a lot of things to improve and hopefully we can convince him to forget a little bit the social media and improve a few things.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 12, 2018
Mendy, who’s arguably better known for his practical jokes and uproarious posts on twitter than he is for his footballing displays, didn’t take long to respond:
Oops 😅 https://t.co/dVBYJNbKPM
— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) August 12, 2018
‘Le Shark’ has spoken and it’s safe to assume that he’s not shutting down his Twitter account anytime soon.
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Whether or not that causes any friction in the City dressing room remains to be seen but as long as he can back up his antics with performances like Sunday’s on the pitch, he’s safe from Guardiola’s wrath.
After suffering a serious knee injury last season, Mendy’s mounted a successful comeback and is poised to become the Premier Legue’s best left-back this season.
High praise, but the powerful Frenchman has all the goods to do so. He does have the tendency to switch off at times, however, and had Arsenal been a bit more clinical in the final third, could’ve made Mendy pay dearly.
However, with two assist and a clean sheet in his first Premier League start in nearly a year, Mendy will be purring with delight and rightly so.
City’s next game is at home to Huddersfield Town on August 19.