Pep Guardiola drops funny response after Gabriel's and Erling Haaland's on-field banter

Gabriel and William Saliba kept the Norweign quiet, with the striker unable to trouble David Raya with three blocked and some off-target shots.

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Manchester City faced Arsenal in an crucial title race clash against on Sunday. The high intensity game ended in a goalless draw with the Gunners dropping to the second place with two points behind Liverpool. After the game there was some banters going on between Gabriel and Erling Haaland before the things got heaten up City head coach Pep Guardiola stepped in between the conversation and let them apart.

Gabriel and William Saliba kept the Norweign quiet, with the striker unable to trouble David Raya with three blocked and some off-target shots. The tight battle between Gabriel and Haaland was intense, especially in the dying minutes, when the latter felt he had been fouled in the penalty area and the centre back shouted at the star striker to get up. Saliba was sensational as he was named the Player of the Match for his excellent defensive display. But later on the Brazilian and Haaland hugged each other. 

Guardiola has been criticised by the Citizens for openly bashing his players in media as they feel the coach should not react on public television or media, rather lash on his players inside the dressing room. On being asked about the incident the former FC Barcelona midfielder gave a funny response to the interviewers. The 53-year-old said he does it for seeking attention from the cameras. 

Can City win the title this season?

City have only gathered 9 points from 12 games against the top 6 this season. The performance of the defending champions have been quite up and down. Haaland's form has been a question with the forward have failed to score in the last three games across all competitions for the club. Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has labelled him as a 'League 2' striker. Though the 23-year-old leading the race for the golden boot with 18 goals and might win it for the second consecutive time as well. 

The reigning champions have three matches scheduled in a week's time with an important UEFA Champions League clash against Real Madrid. The current UCL champions will be hoping to get a good game against Los Blancos on Wednesday night.  

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