Guardiola Finally Opens Up About Neal Maupay And Kyle Walker Bust-Up

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola sympathises with players who get wound up by opponents, revealing he was like that during his playing days. The manager’s statement came a few days after an altercation between the City captain Kyle Walker and Brentford’s French forward Neal Maupay.

Walker and Maupay

Guardiola said he knew that the bust-up between the players would have no effect when the meet again today at the Etihad.

He claimed that during his playing days, he also had to deal with many disciplinary actions and could avoid getting yellow cards on many occasions.

“It depended on my mood. Listen, in my period in Barcelona, I am in history for having the record of the most yellow cards conceded,” Guardiola said when queried about his discipline during his playing days.

“As a football player, I was the same. I don’t want it, but sometimes there are emotions, and it happens. You know that. But this [Walker and Maupay clash] is forgotten. It happened, I think they talked and that’s all. Maupay is a good football player. Sometimes it happens, but I’m pretty sure the intention is good.”

The City boss will hope to secure all the 3 points at home today after failing to beat Chelsea at the same venue last Saturday. The Cityzens managed to get a point after Rodri cancelled out Raheem Sterling’s first-half goal for Chelsea.

After the match, many pundits believe that the reigning Premier League champions are not as dominant as they were last season when they won the treble, therefore, they might failed to create history by winning the league title for the fourth time in a row.

Speaking about the claim, Guardiola said: “I understand the doubts of the people, but I’m more than satisfied. In the end, I give credit to Chelsea, not just in some actions we were not good at, but when I analyse the game, in general, we were more than decent.

“I know our standards and we demand them from what we have done in the past. I know it is not easy to sustain it for a long time. We won 11 games and people said they’re not going to lose another game.

“I have this experience from my previous clubs, especially Barcelona. It’s an honour, so go for it, but we have to continue doing what we’re trying to do.

“I’m the first to demand my team do it over 95 minutes, knowing that it’s impossible. But how we reacted and how we were in the game all the time – we were there. We created a lot against Chelsea that lately few teams have created.”

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