Pep Guardiola brings up his ‘Fraudiola’ nickname after Norwich
Is this a sign that Pep Guardiola is cracking under pressure?
Last weekend, after Man City lost their first match of the season at Norwich, Guardiola addressed his ‘Fraudiola’ nickname.
The moniker is an obvious dig at the Spanish coach.
‘Fraudiola’ intimates that Guardiola’s previous successes at Barcelona and Bayern Munich were down to his players rather than tactics.
Of course, Guardiola has been highly successful in England with Man City, winning the league in his last two seasons.
Nevertheless, Guardiola appears to have a hang-up about the term ‘Fraudiola’, as the Man City boss made the following statement after Norwich:
What Pep Guardiola said about his ‘Fraudiola’ nickname
The Man City boss said the following:
(My players) gave me all the prestige I have in England, when the first season when it was Fraud Guardiola, Fraudiola.
This kind of game here in England – it’s not possible to play because you need to have tackles and you have to play like that – these players gave me the prestige that I have.
And now all around the world people say how good a manager I am – it’s for them, not for me.
Social media reaction
Guardiola knows we call him Fraudiola on these twitter streets.
— #6 You Better Recognize (@TR_TheGeneral) September 15, 2019
They’ve had Pep acknowledge Fraudiola. This was what Norwich was built for. 😂😂😂
— United Religion (@Unitedology) September 15, 2019
Pep’s son definitely asked him why everyone calls him “Fraudiola” at school 😂
— Adam McKola (@AdamMcKola) September 15, 2019
Norwich 3 – Man City 2
In the shock of the season, an injury-plagued Canaries side managed to beat the reigning champs on Saturday.
Norwich were well-worth their win against the Sky Blues, after goals from Kenny McLean and Todd Cantwell put the hosts 2-up after 28 minutes.
Sergio Aguero scored on the stroke of half-time, but Teemu Pukki restored Norwich’s 2-goal cushion after the break.
Rodri’s late goal for City proved to be a mere consolation.