Pep Guardiola denies Manchester City left grass long to halt Liverpool

Mae Harvey
January 9, 2019

"He's our captain, 11 years here, we saw in the last two [league] games the huge quality and personality he has to play".

Kyle Walker also shone having found himself playing a back-up role to Danilo in recent weeks, the Brazilian selected for Thursday's 2-1 win over Liverpool in the Premier League in place of the England global.

It is the sort of match Brahim Diaz would have started but - having rejected a new deal from City - the 19-year-old signed for Real Madrid this week in a deal which could be worth up to £22million.

Croom's McCrory and his Sky Bet League One Burton Albion team-mates are looking forward to a first ever Carabao Cup semi-final appearance against high-flying City after defeating Middlesbrough 1-0 in their quarter-final.

Guardiola has faced criticism for not handing enough opportunities to young players such as Sancho, Diaz and Phil Foden, who is also yet to be given a start in the Premier League.

The League Cup was the first trophy Guardiola lifted in England but he admitted it is low in his priorities.

"Now he's back, he will be fresh in the mind and the legs, and is going to help give us extra creativity in the last third, in the fight", Guardiola said.

Guardiola said: "I'm not the green keeper!"

"We are talking about that - I would like it", Guardiola said. "The players, their family, their agent; they decide what is best for them". Never we manipulated it, always we try to put water (on the pitch) but it's not necessary here with the weather, it rains a lot.

"We wish him all the best because he's a nice guy but on the other side, again congratulations to the academy and for the club to work so well". You do the best for the opponent, respect the rules for everybody'.

"I never speak with the groundsmen..."

His solution? A second league where young players face "real teams" in a competitive environment. What we have to do is, the people we believe have a chance to go there, to do everything, in training with us and be with us, and trust with them.

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