Guardiola tells Mendy to tweet less; defender replies online

Manchester City's Bernardo Silva, left, celebrates with Benjamin Mendy after scoring his side's second goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester united at the Emirates Stadium, London. Sunday Aug. 12, 2018. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)
Manchester City's Bernardo Silva celebrates with teammate Benjamin Mendy, right, after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates stadium in London, England, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

LONDON — Benjamin Mendy enthralls and infuriates Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

"Mendy has a lot of things to improve," Guardiola said after City's 2-0 Premier League victory at Arsenal on Sunday. "Hopefully we can convince him to be calm, to forget a little bit the social media and focus on what he has to do."

The defender had an immediate reply to Guardiola's comments in the post-match news conference.

Via Twitter, of course.

After an Associated Press reporter tweeted Guardiola's comments, Mendy replied: "Oops" accompanied by three crying laughing emoji. The France defender tweeted to the club account, "I will I promise," followed by a grinning face emoji and heart.

Mendy is renowned for irreverent messages and videos on social media, communicating with fans while sidelined for most of last season with knee ligament damage.

In reply to a post "keep entertaining," Mendy replied Sunday: "thx I'll do my best lol."

Mendy only managed to feature in eight games last season before making one second-half appearance at the World Cup in France's run to the title. Mendy completed the entire game at Arsenal as City made a victorious start to its title defense.

After setting up the goals for Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva, Mendy tried to net himself in the 85th minute but he was denied by goalkeeper Petr Cech.

When it was pointed out to Guardiola that the fullback sometimes acts like a center forward, the manager replied: "That is not good. Mendy is Mendy . it is what it is.

"Sometimes you want to kill him and sometimes you say 'Wow, what a player we have.' He gives us this extra energy with Kyle (Walker) that helps us. When he attacks with that consistency, it is so important. Mendy has a lot of things to improve."

That apparently includes spending less time online.

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