Pep Guardiola insists he and Sergio Aguero are friends again after they had a touchline row during Manchester City’s draw with Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium.
The Argentine striker was preferred to Gabriel Jesus to start the clash and he rewarded his manager with an astute finish to put the hosts 2-1 ahead.
However, the pair exchanged angry words on the sidelines when Aguero was substituted for Jesus midway through the second half, shortly after Lucas Moura had levelled things up for Spurs.
The incident dragged on for an awkward amount of time, with Mikel Arteta playing the role of peacekeeper.
The pair later embraced on the pitch after the match ended 2-2, and Guardiola explained what prompted the bust-up.
He said: “Aguero believed I was upset with him for the goal we conceded. The goal we conceded was a corner.
“I wanted one on one movement. He thought I was upset with him. Emotion is part of our game. We talked after and during. He’s a guy I love a lot.”
City thought they had snatched a late winner when Jesus struck, only for the goal to be ruled out by VAR.
The scenes as the goal was chalked off were reminiscent of the dramatic ending to last season’s Champions League tie between the two sides at the same venue last season.
Of the VAR decision, Guardiola said: “We have to accept it.
“It’s tough because we scored a goal late on. But ask VAR people, not me.”