'We didn't make a song and dance!' - Warnock renews war of words with Guardiola

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The Cardiff City boss was unimpressed with the Catalan's reaction to their meeting in the FA Cup last season and has told him so

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock has attempted to kickstart a war of words with Pep Guardiola ahead of Manchester City's trip to Wales, criticising the Catalan's reaction to his side's robust tackling in last season's FA Cup clash.

Guardiola was left fuming after Leroy Sane was injured during the encounter, following a scything tackle from Joe Bennett.

The Germany international was ruled out for two weeks, and the former Barcelona manager used his post-match interview to call on referees to offer greater protection to his players.

Warnock, though, has clearly not forgotten about the flashpoints in the game, reminding Guardiola that Jazz Richards was injured for a total of 17 games after being on the receiving end of a tackle from Kevin De Bruyne.

"I totally agree with Guardiola (on protection)," Warnock told reporters. "Sane missed three games, but there was a tackle from Kevin De Bruyne on Jazz Richards that put him out for 17 games.

"So I would say which is the worst? That sounds like a worse tackle than Bennett's, but we didn't make a song and dance about that.

"There were one or two naughty things we didn't get and everybody wrote about the one tackle that Benno knows was a disgrace. De Bruyne didn't even get booked, but he caught his knee badly."

The two sides will renew hostilities this weekend, with Cardiff still searching for their first win of the campaign following promotion.

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Thus far Warnock's men have lost to both Chelsea and Arsenal, as well as Bournemouth, while they have drawn with Newcastle and Huddersfield.

Manchester City, meanwhile, have their sights set on retaining the title, and Guardiola was in no mood to offer a response to Warnock in his own press conference.

"I'm not going to play that game. I'm not going to discuss a game that happened eight months ago. The players (should) be protected - that's why the referees are there, I suppose."