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Guardiola not expecting immediate impact from new £100m signing Grealish

Man City’s record signing Jack Grealish is looking to adapt to life at the Etihad after a £100m switch but new boss Pep Guardiola is fully aware of his need to settle before they see the best of him

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Pep Guardiola admits Jack Grealish needs time to settle at Manchester City following his British record £100million move.

Grealish has still to find his feet at City and has failed to make a significant impact in his first two appearances for the club.

The England playmaker has yet to score or make an assist as the champions have struggled to get going.

Guardiola feels it is natural Grealish will need time, having spent his whole career at Aston Villa, and says the team will support him.

“Everyone needs time, not just Jack,” said the City boss.

“Everyone needs time to do it, him a little bit more because he is new.

“The team is going to help Jack to be who he is and he is going to help us be the team we want to be.”



Pep Guardiola accepts that Jack Grealish needs time to adapt




Grealish is not the only City player yet to click and the Premier League defending champions have looked off colour in their 1–0 defeats to Leicester in the Community Shield and Tottenham last Sunday.

City have lost their opening two games to a season for the first time since 1989 and Guardiola admits they need three points against Norwich today at the Etihad.

Guardiola also wants to see an improvement on their display at Spurs and he was unhappy with several aspects of their play.

“We have 111 points to play for so we have to play 37 games and I cannot deny we would prefer to have three points already but we now have the chance to win the first three,” he said.

“It’s the second fixture. There are still many games and many things can happen this season.

“I would like to see the team better in many aspects than they were against Spurs.









“Aspects like the distances between lines, our accuracy in not losing simple balls, the physical condition in the final third, defending better the set pieces.

“There are a thousand things and you cannot work on them in just one week but we have spoken and we will see if we can do better.”

City recovered from lying ninth after 11 games in December to walk the Premier League by 12 points last season.

But Guardiola says they cannot expect the same thing to happen this time around.

“What happened last season was one season, it doesn’t mean it will happen again,” he said.

“I would have preferred to play better against Tottenham and to have won the game.”



The playmaker has lost in his opening two games for his new club
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Guardiola, who revealed Kevin De Bruyne could miss today’s game with an ankle injury picked up in training, is looking forward to seeing Canaries boss Daniel Farke.

They hit it off when they first met and Guardiola admires what the German has done at Carrow Road.

“There are relationships you feel more about than others,” he said.

“He’s a German person, I worked there and I like the way they play.

“They were brilliant in the first 20 minutes against Liverpool last Saturday and then Liverpool, from their first chance, scored a goal.

“I like what they are. I liked the support he had from Norwich when they were relegated and now he has signed a contract for many years.”




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