Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has implied that terrible “non-verbal communication” in preparing is the most ideal justification behind a portion of his first-team regulars not playing as much of late. City dropped two significant points against Everton on New Year’s Eve with both Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo being unused substitutes.
Guardiola has shockingly picked with skilled teen Rico Lewis to begin at conservative back in each of the three of City’s games since the season continued after the World Cup. Nathan Ake has likewise been liked on the left with both Walker and Cancelo having a piece impact job lately.
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Phil Foden has been a likewise astonishing oversight from Guardiola’s firing line-up with both Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish favored up to this point. The City boss has made a propensity for cleaving and switching his beginning line-around all through the season during his time in control at the Etihad.
Yet, the Spaniard has now opened up on a portion of his thinking, demonstrating some aren’t showing the right “non-verbal communication” in preparing. “Each time it is challenging to pick the team for me — consistently top players are not playing,” Guardiola said.
“Lately, as I get older, I mainly look at the body language. In the training sessions and everything. You cannot play good when the body language is not correct.
“Sometimes you choose the players for how happy they are. That is one of the main decisions with choosing the line-up, because with the skills, I know how good they are.
“The body language depends on them and sometimes they are not good and it is more difficult.” There’s now also the addition of World Cup winner Julian Alvarez back and available for Guardiola, who impressed alongside Lionel Messi in Qatar.
And the City boss has admitted that he could look to start Alvarez up front with Erling Haaland in the future. “It can happen,” Guardiola said. “The ball arrives there [in the box] and you have two strikers there so you can score a goal.
“But to create these chances we have to make the process and sometimes for that you need other types of players to create these chances. If I had the feeling we were creating these chances, and you have two or three in the box, that is top.
“But maybe you are there with Haaland and all the processes aren’t correct and we have a lot of people up front, we have more transitions and after we have a problem. But of course they can play together – especially against five at the back.”