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Pep Guardiola Urges His Men To fight For Team Positions

Pep Guardiola Urges His Men To fight For Team Positions
21/8/2017


Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola spent more than £200m to assemble a squad this summer but has refused to guarantee his expensive squad a first team spot.


The Catalan had his two key men Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling miss their opener and there seem to be too many options on his bench and therefore has no choice but to encourage his Men fight for their positions in the first team.

"Hopefully they will understand that at the big clubs, you cannot have 11 players, so they have to compete with each other.

"For example, the last game in Brighton, Leroy didn't play from the beginning. It was a key point and I changed our dynamic a little bit in front. Raz (Sterling), when he played minutes, he played good.

"In that kind of level in the Premier League, the people who are 12, 13, 14 and play in the game, they are so, so important.

"When the game is in the last 15 or 20 minutes, the opponent is tired and we've moved them during the game, we can put into the game dynamic players like Bernardo Silva, Raz (Sterling) or Sane. In another game maybe it's Sergio (Aguero) or Gabriel (Jesus). So it's a point where we can win games in the last minutes."

The City Boss also spent time to clean up allegations on the highly-rated 19-year-old Academy graduate Tosin Adarabioyo, saying he will also have to earn his place on the team.

Guardiola said: "We have just three central defenders right now and we have Tosin and Mangala. What is the best for the club?

"We're going to see what is the best for him and for everybody. He knows the situation from last season. Now we may be looking for a central defender - and they knew that last season - at the beginning of the season."

Concerning the prospect of having the transfer window close before the season starts proper and that the it will help facilitate the proper build up of the team before the start of the season.

He said: "It would be nice. We will start the season with the squad that we'll work with until the winter window. Everything will be quicker, less speculation. The managers and the clubs will work quicker and not wait for the deadline, the last moment, the last second. So I think it will be better."

Manchester City face Everton on a Monday night, another big spender in this summer Transfer window and to that the Catalan said.
"I don't like to play Monday, the last game, when everybody is done and you play. I don't like that, but it is what it is.

"I'm considering an opponent like Everton will be tough but I expect a good game - and to win the game, of course."
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