If there’s one guarantee in the ever changing unpredictable landscape of professional football, it’s that Pep Guardiola doesn’t stand for any s***.
You do not mess around with Pep. End of.
Earlier this season, just when you expected him to make a mockery of the Premier League over the campaign to come, Leroy Sane was omitted from Man City’s matchday squad against Newcastle.
Guardiola wasn’t happy with his attitude and, just like that, his seemingly untouchable place was gone.
Fast forward a few weeks and it’s the turn of another hugely popular City star to feel Guardiola’s wrath.
Benjamin Mendy started the season like a house on fire, banishing the memory of his injury nightmare and registering four assists in his first three games.
But form alone simply doesn’t guarantee a starting berth under Guardiola.
Pep is a perfectionist, demanding that every single one of his players and coaching staff toes the line and dances to the rhythm of his tune.
So with Mendy consistently undermining him, intentionally or not, he is beginning to lose his patience.
Back in August the French full back was fined for turning up late to training ahead of their opening clash at Arsenal, whilst he has also been banned from driving for 12 months.
Mendy was brilliant at the Emirates, setting up both goals in the 2-0 win, but Pep refused to acknowledge his performance and instead slammed his social media activity.
The 24-year-old has since bruised his metatarsal and their relationship, according to Goal, reached boiling point this week as a result.
Last Sunday, Mendy reported for a recovery session treating his injury three hours late.
Guardiola responded by banning Mendy from the first team for the entire week, ordering him to leave the dressing room as soon as he walked through it.
So what now for Mendy?
Can he change his ways and reintegrate himself, as Sane has done, into Pep’s plans?
Or will his manager’s unrivalled ruthlessness force arguably the best left wing back in the world out of City just as he was starting to get going?
As crazy as the latter sounds, Pep isn’t a stranger to ruffling feathers.
- What would Man United look like under Zinedine Zidane?
- Nelly Yoa: the ‘fraud’ footballer whose career was cut short because of a machete attack
- Felipe Melo is trying his best to impersonate Sergio Ramos in Brazil
WATCH: Love Of The Game: Leyton Orient (Episode 1)