Pep Guardiola Has Warned Jack Grealish and Phil Foden

Pep Guardiola Has Warned Jack Grealish and Phil Foden

Among other football news today, Pep Guardiola has warned Jack Grealish and Phil Foden over their off-field behaviour. The Manchester City manager even axed the young pair for the Citizens’ trip to Newcastle, which the visitors won 0-4.

The Manchester City boss was unhappy with the state in which the England duo reported for training before this. They had very evidently enjoyed a night out on Tuesday following a 7-0 romp against Leeds United on December 14.

So, both Jack Grealish and Phil Foden were unused subs in Sunday’s win over Newcastle United despite shining against Leeds.

Guardiola was absent from training on Wednesday as he went to Barcelona to be with former striker Sergio Aguero as he announced his retirement.

That is because the Etihad head coach himself suffered a COVID scare on Friday when he returned an inconclusive test.

So, before eventually received the all-clear to return, Pep left his coaching staff in charge. And the players who featured against Leeds were due in for a warm-down.

We believe Grealish did not partake in that session from which Guardiola was missing.

Pep Guardiola Has Warned Jack Grealish and Phil Foden

As a result, Pep Guardiola and the Manchester club are reportedly discontent with Jack Grealish and Phil Foden’s respective forms.

They were in less-than-ideal condition when they took part in a recovery session on the Wednesday.

The City boss has repeatedly told his stars to be extra careful over the festive period due to COVID scares.

Asked why he made changes against the Toon, boss Pep said: “It was not rotation, no. I decided on this team because they deserved to play — these guys and not the other ones.

“At Christmas I pay a lot of attention to behaviour on and off the pitch. And when off the pitch is not proper, they are not going to play.

“We must be focused all the time because of distractions at Christmas and everything that happens. You have to still be focused.”

Guardiola did not name the duo directly — but they were two of the only three changes he made at Tyneside.

The other was centre-back John Stones who filled in at right-back against Leeds but the returning Joao Cancelo replaced him.

And there is no suggestion Stones was out with his Three Lions team-mates.


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