Guardiola Explains Why He Started Oscar Bobb Ahead Of Grealish, De Bruyne

Oscar Bobb is one of the rising stars at Manchester City and he has done enough to be trusted by Pep Guardiola in a crucial match against Tottenham Hotspur in the Emirate FA Cup fourth-round.

Oscar Bobb and Pep Guardiola

The youngster made the starting eleven ahead of many experienced squad players. Players like Jack Grealish, Jeremy Doku, and even the City midfield maestro, Kevin De Bruyne had to settle for places on the bench.

Meanwhile, Oscar Bobb would have thought that he had justified Pep Guardiola’s to put him in the start squad after scoring within the first few minutes of the match, but his goal which could have served as the first goal for the Cityzens at the White Hart Lane since October 2018 was ruled out for offside.

The only goal of the match came after the youngster and Julian Alvarez were substituted for Kevin De Bruyne and Jeremy Doku, however, the City boss has explained his decision to go for the academy graduate ahead of other players.

Guardiola said: “We try to be ourselves. Of course, we analyse, but mostly we try play with what we have to do.”

“It’s always a tough decision [to choose the team]. No [not a reward for Oscar Bobb].

“We could have played another player, but with the small spaces they allow us to play, we needed someone who can move and play in the small spaces and, in there, Oscar is really good.”

The Manchester City boss has on different occasions described Oscar Bobb as a threat to the opponents and a massive talent from the City Academy.

“He is an incredible threat – he was lucky for the goal but her has to be there and after he had two or three shots blocked,” the Catalan said after the youngster scored in a 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup clash.

“It’s another 90 minutes and always he has played – in pre-season, in the Red Star game, and as a substitute – at a high, high level.

“It’s another player from the Academy coming here and it’s good.”

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