09/16/2021 at 10:15 AM CEST
“I am delighted and grateful to the fantastic players we have”, were the words of Pep Guardiola in the press conference after the victory against RB Leipzig. It is true, it is a great team, but the tension within the field of play and the desire of the Catalan coach to control every aspect of the game, led him to hit two tremendous ‘fights’ against Grealish and Mahrez in the middle of the game because of certain defensive imbalances.
They could not start better in the Champions League. Grouped in the fearsome ‘group of death’, the ‘citizens’ they got a resounding victory against the Germans 6-3, with Grealish’s first goal scorer in his first match in the competition, and also the lead thanks to PSG’s draw in Bruges.
But all this is not enough for Pep. Grealish and Mahrez dressed as scorers, one each, but everything and so they have to focus more on defending if they do not want to take the reprimands of their coach. This is how ‘BT Sport’ explained it: “I told them at half-time how they should do these defensive automatisms but they didn’t. I know it’s not easy at times, but a robbery in a dangerous area allows you to reach the area in one or two passes. “.
The English footballer, when asked about it in Sky Sports, took the issue away and stated that his coach’s slogans are always well received: “It was simply about defensive work, I will not talk more about it.. Pep always wants more offensively and defensively and of course, I’m going to listen to him. ”
The Algerian, for his part, did not reveal anything of what he spoke with his coach, but some of the indications he gave him are already known: “When the ball is on the right side, you have to mark the defensive midfielder”, said Pep, “But what about the other side”, asked Mahrez: “Fuck the other side” answered a forceful GuardiolaThe Santpedor finished the press conference highlighting the offensive work of the team against an opponent and a not easy game. “To rest and think about Southampton “, he said more relaxed.