Benjamin Mendy reveals Pep Guardiola's reaction to the knee injury he suffered in September


It's fair to say Manchester City have been the best team in the Premier League so far this season. 

Pep Guardiola's side are already five points clear at the top of the league, with eight wins and one draw from nine games. 

Manchester United are their closest challengers in second but have fallen behind after last week's shock defeat to recently promoted Huddersfield Town. 

Jose Mourinho's side host Tottenham in the biggest game of this weekend and that will be a huge challenge, even at Old Trafford. 

With City travelling to underperforming West Brom, Guardiola's side have a real opportunity to pull further away at the top. 

Not much has been going wrong for the blue half of Manchester this season. Their forwards are scoring for fun and defenders are keeping most teams away from Ederson's goal. 

The only major disappointment at the Etihad so far is an injury to summer signing Benjamin Mendy. 

The full-back joined from AS Monaco for £52 million but is out for another six months after picking up a knee injury in September. 


He's already undergone surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, after injuring it making a tackle against Crystal Palace. 

Mendy has admitted the problem was likely caused by the fact he leaned in on his right leg when challenging Andros Townsend.

"When I defend on my side, I always put my left leg ahead, it's the strongest one," he told L'Equipe, per Goal. "This was the first time in my life that I was defending with my right leg." 


And when he told manager Guardiola that, the Spaniard couldn't help but joke at his injured defender's expense. 

"The next day, Pep called me and said 'Have you done your cruciate ligaments?' I told him 'No, it's not that ... stop being sad' as the diagnosis had not been made yet.

"He said to me 'Wait, there's something I don't understand, why did you put your f***ing right leg in and not the left?!'".


It's good to know that Guardiola kept himself and Mendy in high spirits even after losing his major summer signing for the majority of the season.   

And with things going so well at City since his layoff, the Frenchman may struggle to get his place back.

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