Pep Guardiola could be seen gesturing on the sideline, pulling Jack Grealish to one side and can be seen explaining something to the Englishman after Man City conceded a goal against Leipzig
Jack Grealish owned up to his defensive mistakes against RB Leipzig after Pep Guardiola ‘s outburst – but isn’t going to dwell on it.
The Man City boss was furious that his side let in three goals at home, despite the fact they were able to score six of their own to open their Champions League campaign with a win.
Guardiola was visibly angry with his players on several occasions, especially Grealish and Riyad Mahrez after City conceded.
The £100million signing was at his best going forward as he recorded a goal and an assist for City, but had a few defensive lapses at the other end.
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On two of Leipzig’s three goals the midfielder could be seen trailing late into the box behind play, and was dribbled past for the third.
Guardiola could be seen gesturing on the sideline, pulling Grealish to one side and can be seen explaining something to the Englishman after a goal went in.
In an interview with BT Sport, Grealish explained Guardiola’s anger was down to his defensive work rate, or lack thereof, but insists he will take it on board to try and improve that side of his game.
He said: “It was obviously defensive work, I won’t go too much into it because he might want the same tactics for the weekend.
“That’s what the managers like, he’s always wanting more defensively and offensively, obviously he’s someone I’m going to listen to after everything he’s done.
“He’s just giving out useful information.”
Grealish wanted to look at the positives after the match as he reflected on his first Champions League match.
He said on Instagram : “A perfect night for my 1st champions league game! Goal, assist, win.”
Guardiola’s outburst wasn’t something he was dwelling on the next day either as he hailed his England teammate for his brilliant solo goal for West Ham against DInamo Zagreb in the Europa League.
Grealish joked that his burst of speed in the build-up proves that he deserves more pace in video game FIFA.
He said: “I told you Declan Rice you should be higher than 66 pace on FIFA.”
Grealish has already shown why City paid £100m to acquire him this summer with his quality going forward, but Man City fans shouldn’t be worried that he is getting an earful from Pep as the defensive side of his game was always going to be a work in progress.