Pep Guardiola “more than happy” and “happy” with what he is seeing from Jack Grealish

Pep Guardiola “more than happy” and “happy” with what he is seeing from Jack Grealish

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola came to the defense of record purchase Jack Grealish, saying he is not judged on how many goals and assists he creates during his time on the pitch.

Grealish, 27, arrived at the club last year with a £ 100m move that made him the most expensive British player in history, but was only able to contribute six goals and four assists with the shirt. of the City.

He has started a Premier League match this season and both Champions League matches so far, although he has been substituted in both continental matches, including last week’s 2-1 win against Borussia Dortmund.

Guardiola made an effort to shift the blame away from Grealish when his performance against Dortmund was called into question, pointing the finger at his supporting cast that didn’t make his life easier.

“He started very well, but he had to stop with an ankle problem and we were lucky it wasn’t worse,” he said.

“The last game in the last third was the only one ahead to do aggressive one-on-one races, but [he couldn’t] make assists [because] he didn’t have his mates in the garage, so we left him isolated. When he goes up against the full-back, only Erling [Haaland] It was there.

“[Ilkay] Gundo[gan] it wasn’t there, Kevin [De Bruyne] it wasn’t there and it should be. In the first half, especially with the ball, we didn’t make any movement to help the players who had the ball and to give them more chances to make it easier. “

Guardiola added: “I know him and I’m more than happy and happy with what he’s doing. Now … it’s time to regain some of his momentum he had at the start of the season.”

The coach with the most Champions League titles was adamant that just goals and assists weren’t enough to judge a player like Grealish and shared what he is looking for from the midfielder.

“We didn’t sign for the amazing goals or assists at Aston Villa,” he said. “It was another reason, and when he played he did.

He also competes with the best players and knows it perfectly, but he never complains about it.

He is such a nice guy and in matches when he wasn’t playing he is the first to help the team and in training he is always there. I’m happy with his behavior and everything.

“I want to score and I want to assist and he does too, but it’s not about that. It’s about his contribution without the ball and what he can produce for others and the many, many things he can do.”

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