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: