Man City or Bayern? Pep Guardiola forgot which club he coaches
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After enduring a slight wobble in the last few weeks, Manchester City got themselves back on track with a 4-1 win over Burnley on Tuesday evening.
Not to cast aspersions, but it looks like Pep Guardiola's nerves may have been frayed a little following their recent dip in form and speculation about his future at Manchester City.
The Spanish coach -- ranked No. 2 among the world's top managers in the ESPN FC 100 -- even managed to temporarily forget which club he is managing during his postmatch news conference.
Speaking to assembled media about how Rodri, the summer signing who scored a veritable howitzer for City's second goal, Guardiola said: "I think he's adjusted and he's perfectly suited for this league, honestly.
"And I think Bayern Munich... Man City bought... Bayern Munich, what the f---? [chuckles from the media] Man City! I don't know what I thought!"
Don't worry, Pep. When you win league titles everywhere you go, it must be easy to confuse one club for another.
City have to dress in dark during prematch blackout
Things had got off to an inauspicious start as the lighting failed in the dressing rooms at Turf Moor, leaving City to conduct their preparations in the dark.
Thankfully for the visitors, match broadcasters Amazon were able to deliver an emergency lamp at no extra cost.
While the main lights still hadn't come on by the final whistle, a little improvisation also saw City able to celebrate their victory in style with a rendition of Oasis classic "Wonderwall" while lit by what looked like equipment from a mobile disco.
And with that, the entire Bayern Munich -- sorry, Man City squad were able to celebrate in unison with a massive team photo, and with the lights on, too!
With a title defence at stake, Guardiola's charges are now eight points behind runaway leaders Liverpool as we enter the Christmas period.
Sterling's near-miss from Rodri's rocket
Lucky that Rodri shot didn't hit my face cuz I would have gone straight back to Jamaica with that 🥵😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/6pM4Em5B26— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) December 3, 2019
In fact, the Spain midfielder's 20-yard thunderbolt very caught Raheem Sterling square in the face as it rifled into the Burnley net.
Thankfully, the nimble England winger survived to tell the tale.
Turkish Cup game played 'under water'
Due to a deluge of rain in the hours leading up to kick-off, it looked like Istanbul Basaksehir might have made their 1,000 kilometre trip to face Hekimoglu Trabzon in the Turkish Cup for nothing. With the fifth-round tie taking place early on Wednesday afternoon, the images circulating of the flooding at Hekimoglu's stadium cast kick-off into doubt.
ZTK... pic.twitter.com/rh8UIQEA0p— Fatih Emre Arslan (@fatihemrearslan) December 4, 2019
However, there was still an issue with standing water throughout the first half as the two teams struggled to wade through the wet patches.
Hekimoğlu Trabzon Başakşehir maçı inanılmaz enstantanelere gebe. Maç yer havuzunda oynanıyor 😂 pic.twitter.com/fvWFOM6IPn— Mou The Rascallion (@RascallionT) December 4, 2019
Demba Ba wasn't overly perturbed, taking just five minutes to open the scoring from close range, which subsequently proved to be the only goal of the game. Thankfully, the surface did begin to dry out as the match went on and Istanbul held onto their slender lead to secure a precious, if slightly damp, first-leg victory.
The teams are now scheduled to meet again in Istanbul on Dec. 19 to complete the tie. Here's to hoping for better weather...