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Guardiola claims City’s purchase of Jack Grealish was crucial

Guardiola claims City's purchase of Jack Grealish was crucial

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Guardiola claims City’s purchase of Jack Grealish was crucial

In order to stay on top Manchester City’s purchase of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa was crucial, according to Pep Guardiola. The Man City coach explains why they signed Jack Grealish on a football transfer from Aston Villa despite having a plethora of attacking skills.

Guardiola led City to their third Premier League victory in four years last season and he has stressed that adding top-quality players is essential for a successful team to stay fresh. “[We signed Grealish because of his] quality in the final third,” Guardiola said ahead of City’s Champions League clash with Club Brugge on October 19 at a press conference

“He is able to attract opponents and find his [team-mates]. We have many players but we added another one because we have a lot of games in many competitions. He is at a perfect age and when you are on top in those competitions, the squad must be removed a little bit otherwise it is difficult. Everyone has to feel the pressure from the new ones, and the new ones have to understand what the club has done. All the big clubs do it.”

According to Guardiola, Grealish has adjusted well to the additional task of playing regular European games alongside domestic competitions. The 26-year-old has two goals and two assists in ten appearances for City in all competitions since his arrival. “We spoke about [playing in Europe] and how he has to live when he is not here, in terms of eating, resting and sleeping,” Guardiola continued.

“What he has done so far is excellent. Apart from [against] Burnley, he has played every game at a good level and I’m sure he will improve. As a manager, you have to know the best position, but he has played very well. He is focused on and off the pitch and he is strong, his weight and body fat is perfect and he is mentally is in the right position. It is the first time he plays every three days. We play every three days for 11 months and it’s difficult but it is a good challenge for him.”

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