Just days after Sky pundit Gary Neville slammed Pep Guardiola for naming just six substitutes for Saturday's Premier League clash against Burnley, the Manchester City boss has responded in a freakish press conference.
"The City boss defended his call saying that a combination of injuries and a youth team game at the same time had contributed to his decision to travel to Turf Moor with just 17 players".
Man United legend and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville was one of the most vocal detractors, and labelled the decision a "joke", claiming that it sent the wrong message to young players at the Etihad, who surely could have benefitted from the experience of being named on the bench.
But also took a fresh dig at Neville by making a disparaging reference to his disastrous four-month spell as manager of Valencia in 2016.
"We played two-and-a-half days ago". At the same time five or six of the (under-23) players I could have taken had a game here, just one or two hours later.
'So I felt wasn't going to call the player to go to the bench when the substitute is normally another one.
"I slaughtered him when I saw it, I said you do a horrific tackle like that and I get three days of hell".
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"This guy, the pundit, he has to know my job is serious".
Asked if he would do it again, Guardiola added: 'I don't know.
"If you are an academy manager or reserve team manager at Manchester City you must think "I am wasting my time".
The Spaniard sought to draw a line under the controversy on Friday, stating: "We have enough players for 18 (in the squad) this week so Gary Neville will be happy".
He also explained himself even further after his jibe at Neville.
"I wished they would have put a slow still of Kevin De Bruyne's tackle and studs on Jazz Richards", said Warnock, who believes his side suffered a backlash due to a lack of other action on the day they faced the runaway Premier League leaders. "David [Silva] was not [available], John Stones was not fit".
'We'll be 18 on the bench tomorrow (against Leicester).