Community Shield sees Pep Guardiola become first Premier League manager to receive booking

The Community Shield clash between Manchester City and Liverpool this afternoon has seen Pep Guardiola become the first tactician in the history of the Premier League to receive a booking.

Man City vs Liverpool

English football’s high-profile curtain raiser ahead of the new Premier League season is currently underway.

The Community Shield is generally contested by the winners of the English top-flight, and the FA Cup champions.

However, as Manchester City emerged victorious in both in 2018/19, the Citizens take on the Premier League runners-up from last season, in the form of Liverpool.

On the back of their fierce battle for the title last time out, meanwhile, a war of words exploded between Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola this week, ahead of today’s Wembley showdown.

First off, Liverpool boss Klopp aimed a less-than-subtle jibe at his City counterpart, in suggesting that the Sky Blues can simply splash out as much money as they please on reinforcements every summer:

‘We are not in this fantasy land where you just get whatever you want.’

‘It looks like there are four clubs in the world who can do it constantly.’

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (l) and Pep Guardiola react during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

‘Madrid, Barcelona, City and PSG. Whatever they need, they do. You cannot compare that. That is the situation.’

Guardiola, meanwhile, since hit back at Klopp, explaining:

‘Of course it bothers me, because it’s not true that we spend £200m every transfer market.’

‘Two seasons ago if we spent a lot it’s because I took over the team and we had 10 or 11 players over 30 years old so we had to do it.’

‘But we cannot spend £200m every season. For example last season Liverpool spent more than £200m last season, and cannot do it this season, but it’s the same.’

Guardiola makes history

As such, an added bite to proceedings was widely-predicted between the two sides this afternoon, as they duke it out for the first silverware of the new English season.

And the opening 45 minutes at Wembley certainly didn’t disappoint, with City and Liverpool having traded chances throughout a thoroughly-entertaining half of football.

Amid mounting early pressure on Liverpool’s backline, Premier League champions City took the lead with 12 minutes on the clock, when David Silva’s clever flick around the corner was bundled home by Raheem Sterling:

And, despite both sides having gone close on a number of further occasions as the half progressed, Sterling’s strike proved the difference at the interval.

The main talking point surrounding the opening 45 minutes, though, actually involved ongoings on the sideline, rather than on the pitch.

A challenge between Joe Gomez and David Silva shortly before the break saw the former lead with his studs, with Pep Guardiola having been left (rather unnecessarily) incensed.

This subsequently saw the Spanish tactician lose his cool, before intense remonstrations with the 4th official eventually saw history created.

Referee Martin Atkinson issued Guardiola with a yellow card, making the City boss the first Premier League manager ever to be booked:

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