Pat Nevin reacts to Pep Guardiola's tense post-match interview after the Burnley match
Manchester City's manager gave short and sharp answers to the BBC's Damian Johnson19:46 Tuesday 3 January 2017, 19:46 3 Jan 2017
Pat Nevin feels there was nothing wrong with the line of questioning during a tense BBC interview with Pep Guardiola after Manchester City's 2-1 Premier League home win over Burnley on Monday.
City won despite being down to 10 men after the sending off midfielder Fernandinho in the first half.
After the match, manager Guardiola spoke to BBC reporter Damian Johnson in which the ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss gave short answers to questions about the red card - including "You are the journalist. Not me" when Johnson asked his view of the refereeing decision.
"First of all, I don't think there was a word wrong with the line of questioning from the journalist. That was absolutely fine," said Nevin on Off The Ball.
"I also thought his tone was very good as well. I'm very surprised at Pep. But when you see things in isolation, they sometimes look out of place. Now, if he's actually the seventh journalist who's actually asked him certain questions that are very similar, from his point of view and his perspective it's "Wait a minute, what's going on here? Are you all trying to set me up?' But you need to be able to learn to cope with that."
Not sure what #Pep wanted to achieve in our interview. Maybe should have taken 5 before he faced cameras. Told me it wasn't personal. Hey ho— DAMIAN JOHNSON (@JohnsonDamian) January 2, 2017
Overall, Pat feels Guardiola's manner of answering Johnson's questions was a sign of the pressure he is under in his debut season in the Premier League.
"I think everyone can see Pep's under a bit of pressure," said Nevin, although he added that the Catalan coach is not under pressure regarding his job.
"He's suffered pressure before and he's reacted to it before.
"The pressure is the expectations on himself and that are placed on him. And they're extraordinary. They're really, really high. And I don't actually think, at the moment, he is particularly coping with it very well."
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