Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has explained why he was furious with Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez during his side's 6-3 win over RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
The Citizens opened their 2021/22 Champions League campaign in glorious fashion as they put six goals past German outfit Leipzig, with strikes from Nathan Ake, Mahrez, Grealish, Joao Cancelo, Gabriel Jesus, and an own goal by Nordi Mukiele.
Scroll through the gallery above to see some of the action between City and Leipzig on Wednesday
However, with his team having conceded three times in the match, Guardiola appeared to be furious at the creative pair of Grealish and Mahrez during the encounter.
The Spanish coach has since explained that his charged reaction was because he had told the two stars what was expected of them defensively during the half-time break, and the duo had not followed his instructions.
"We spoke in half-time about the way we have to do it, and they didn't do it. Fights happen," Guardiola told BT Sport.
"They [Leipzig] are so good, they make four players in the build-up to attract you behind the holding midfielders where there aren't a lot of players, where the ball goes outside, and they are so fast when they attack in behind.
"It's not easy to control it but when you regain that ball there are many players in front of the ball and in the transition to make one or two passes in behind you have a chance to attack."
Grealish seemingly took Guardiola's heated words with grace, though, and spoke about the manager's desire to put in well-rounded performances after the match.
"That was just defensive work, I won't go too much into it because he might want the same tactics at the weekend," the England star told BT Sport when asked about the incident.
"That's what the manager is like, he's always wanting more defensively and offensively, and he's obviously someone that I'm going to listen to after everything he's done in the game.
"He's just giving out useful information."