Pep Guardiola has insisted he’s ‘very happy’ with Jack Grealish’s performances, regardless of the ahead failing to attain or help this season up to now.
The England worldwide, signed for £100m in the summertime of 2021, has largely didn’t lived as much as followers’ lofty expectations since making the transfer to Etihad Stadium. Final season Grealish solely contributed 4 targets in all competitions in 38 appearances.
When requested about Grealish’s disappointing type by the press, nonetheless, Guardiola was fast to defend his participant, as a substitute lamenting the efficiency of different gamers within the midweek conflict with Borussia Dortmund: “I am very happy with what he is doing.
“Now it is only a query of time to get again a little bit little bit of his momentum that he had at first of the season.
“Within the final sport, he was the one one up entrance who made aggressive runs one in opposition to one. However to make assists, he did not have his team-mates within the field so we left him remoted. When he went in opposition to the full-back, solely Erling [Haaland] was there. [Ilkay] Gundogan was not there, Kevin [De Bruyne] was not there and they need to have been. Within the first half, we did not make any actions to assist the gamers who had the ball and provides him prospects to make it simpler.”
Guardiola, in his defence of Grealish, additionally insisted that Man Metropolis did not signal the attacker for targets and assists.
“We did not signal him for the unbelievable targets or assists. It was another excuse and when he performs he does it. I would like [him] to make targets and I would like assists and he does, too.
“But it surely’s not about that, it is about his contribution with out the ball and what he can produce for the opposite ones and the numerous, many issues that he is in a position to do. He is such a pleasant man and within the video games when he did not play, he’s the primary to assist the group and within the coaching classes he is at all times there.”