“All Sorts of Nonsense From [Pep] Guardiola” – Manchester City Boss Gets Slammed Over Kalvin Phillips ‘Rant’

Published 12/09/2023, 6:38 AM EST

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A coach possesses the power to make or break a player’s career. Recently, Pep Guardiola was targeted for treating City’s Kalvin Phillips unfairly. Since October, the English soccer star has played only nineteen minutes in the Premier League for his team. Interestingly, Guardiola apologized for ignoring Phillips and explained his reasoning behind the same. It seems that the Spanish soccer manager cannot get away easily with an apology, as he was recently called out for his ‘rant.’

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Guardiola bluntly confessed that he failed to consider Phillips a part of Manchester City despite being one of the best-behaved players. Now let’s dive deeper and find out how the Spanish coach’s revelations have backfired on him.

Pep Guardiola called out for his ‘rant’

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The ESPN crew discussed Guardiola’s comments on Kalvin Phillips. During the conversation, Alejandro Moreno said, “First of all what a rant that was. All sorts of nonsense from Guardiola there.In a press conference on Friday, Guardiola detailed that he was extremely sorry for not letting Phillips start even when midfielder Rodri was missing.

He also commented that he wants to avoid talking about the matter with Phillips, as it is all about business. Regarding the same, Moreno said, “When he’s saying you know, ‘I’m never going to tell him this because this is a business.’ But you are telling not him you’re telling us.

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The former Venezuelan soccer star claimed that Guardiola should have a detailed conversation with Phillips about the matter. He further condemned the Spanish coach for visualizing a team without a skilled player like Phillips. According to Moreno, that’s a poor excuse that cannot be accepted from a coach. Additionally, soon after Manchester City lost against Aston Villa, Guardiola was criticized for his poor strategy.

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Another failure from the Spanish manager

During Manchester City’s last outing against Aston Villa, they were in a tight position as their best midfielder, Kevin De Bryune was sidelined due to an injury, and Rodri was also not there. To overcome this obstacle, Guardiola opted for defenders Manuel Akanji and John Stones to serve as midfielders. According to retired Scottish soccer star Steve Nicol, Guardiola committed a colossal blunder as it put too much pressure on the defenders.

READ MORE: Gary Neville Finally Responds to Pep Guardiola’s Dig and Insults Jamie Carragher

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Ultimately, the team lost without scoring a single goal against their opponents. At the moment Guardiola’s men are getting ready to face Luton Town, and this match is their golden opportunity to bounce back. Do you think that City will win their upcoming match? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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