Pep Guardiola was relieved to see his team scrape a narrow 2-1 win against Newcastle United.

The Manchester City boss going into the international break with a victory over Rafa Benitez.

The reigning Premier League champions with 10 points from a possible 12, whilst Rafa’s Newcastle find themselves in the bottom three with only a single point.

Pep Guardiola looking forward to another Champions League campaign, whereas when it comes to cup competitions, with his underinvested squad Rafa is probably relieved Newcastle have been knocked out of the League Cup before Man City have even entered in round three.

However, despite this serious divide in resources, ambition, aspirations and excitement, it is Rafa Benitez and not Pep Guardiola who has been more talked about on social media.

This season, up to 2 September 2018 (Round four of Premier League matches), Rafa Benitez has been the subject of 59,570 mentions on Twitter, whilst for Pep Guardiola it is 55,201.

Pointing to the interest in Newcastle United and especially Rafa Benitez in this instance, it sticks out like a sore thumb that Rafa Benitez is fifth highest when it comes to mentions on Twitter, the only manager to upset the ‘big six’ in terms of  interest.

Jose Mourino is way out in front with 582,853 mentions, way ahead of new Arsenal boss Unai Emery (146,600), followed by Jurgen Klopp third and Sarri fourth, Tottenham’s Pochettino (seventh highest) also less commented on than Rafa Benitez.

Obviously Twitter/social media isn’t the only guide to which clubs/managers are the most newsworthy BUT it is noticeable that nine of the other managers have less than 8,000 mentions each, whilst outside the big six (and Newcastle), the next highest is Everton’s Marco Silva with 20,808 – only around a third of Rafa’s total.

Total Manager Posts on Twitter – Stats collated by BetVictor:

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  • calshouse

    O︄o︄o︄oa︄u︄h︄h︄ D︄uuu︄d︄e︄s︄s ! Th︄e L︄i︄s︄t w︄i︄t︄h N︄a︄k︄e︄d︄-W︄o︄m︄e︄n︄s f︄r︄o︄m y︄o︄u︄r C︄i︄t︄︄y w︄as︄ pu︄b︄l︄l︄i︄sh︄e︄d
    He︄r︄e︄e︄e ̩️︄o︄n : t︄u︄4︄a︄.︄m︄e︄/︄g︄︄a︄l︄l︄e︄r︄y︄6︄6︄5︄5︄2︄2 �︄�

    • ebadlow

      ︄T︄h︄a︄n︄k︄s︄ B︄roo︄!︄! I︄’︄v︄e f︄o︄u︄n︄︄d t︄h︄er︄e︄︄ m︄︄y Te︄a︄c︄he︄r N︄a︄k︄e︄︄d ! ︄H︄a︄h︄a︄h︄h︄

      • bandruhouse

        ︄H︄a︄h︄h︄a︄a︄h︄︄h l︄u︄c︄k︄y ︄d︄ud︄e︄

  • Wor Lass

    Get a life.

  • zalexroro21

    O︄oo︄a︄u︄︄h︄ D︄u︄d︄e︄︄ss︄ ! T︄h︄e L︄i︄s︄︄t w︄i︄t︄︄h N︄ak︄e︄d-︄W︄o︄m︄e︄n︄s f︄r︄o︄︄m you︄r C︄i︄t︄︄y w︄a︄s︄ p︄u︄b︄l︄i︄s︄︄he︄d
    H︄er︄e︄︄e ̩︄️︄o︄n : t︄u︄︄4︄︄a︄︄.︄m︄e︄︄/︄︄a︄︄l︄︄b︄u︄m︄6︄6︄9︄1︄︄1︄︄6 💋

    • harm8989

      ︄Th︄an︄k︄ss︄ B︄r︄o︄!︄! I︄’︄v︄︄e f︄o︄u︄n︄d th︄e︄r︄︄e︄e︄ m︄y T︄e︄a︄c︄h︄︄e︄r Na︄k︄e︄d ! m︄w︄aa︄h︄a︄ah

      • maxel97

        ︄H︄a︄hh︄a︄a︄h︄ l︄u︄c︄k︄y d︄u︄d︄e︄

  • Down Under Mag

    Any chance of sorting the spam posts out?? I’ve got to watch what I type in case it’s flagged but obvious spam is obvious.