‘Fights happen’: Pep Guardiola reveals he was LIFE with Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez as they didn’t do what was asked of them defensively despite scoring a few in crushing win over RB Leipzig
Pep Guardiola revealed he had publicly feuded with Manchester City goalscorers Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish during their 6-3 win over RB Leipzig for failing to do their defensive work on Wednesday night.
City took a 6-3 win over the Bundesliga outfit in their first win of the Champions League group stage, with Grealish and Mahrez both finishing on the scoresheet, but Guardiola called on both players to confront them over their tactical games.
The Spanish coach revealed that both players did not do what was asked of them during the halftime team meeting at the Etihad Stadium, leading to the angry clash on Wednesday.
Pep Guardiola argued with Riyad Mahrez (left) and Jack Grealish over their defense
The ManCity boss got into a fight with the attackers during his side’s big win over RB Leipzig
Guardiola told BT Sport: “We talked at half time about how to do it and they didn’t do it. Fights happen.
“They are so good, they make four players in the build-up to pull you behind the tenacious midfielders where there aren’t many players, where the ball goes out and they are as quick as they attack behind it.
“It’s not easy to get it under control, but when you get that ball back, there are a lot of players in front of the ball and in the transition to make a pass or two behind you, you have a chance to catch up.” to fall.’
Grealish, who assisted on another goal in addition to scoring on Wednesday, explained the furious discussion with Guardiola himself: “That was just defensive work, I won’t go into too much detail because he might want the same tactics at the weekend. .
Mahrez (right) put City 3-1 with a penalty in the first half after Lukas Klostermann handball
“That’s the manager, he always wants to be more defensive and attacking, and he’s clearly someone I’m going to listen to after everything he’s done in the game. He only provides useful information.’
City took a two-goal lead early on with a Nathan Ake header from a corner, before Nordi Mukiele headed a comedic cross from Kevin de Bruyne into his own net in a backpass attempt on goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.
Leipzig forward Christoph Nkunku dragged Leipzig back into the game from Jesse Marsch by cutting the deficit in half with a header, but City’s two-goal lead was restored by a Mahrez penalty after Lukas Klostermann’s handball.
Grealish curled home with a brilliant solo effort to give City a 4-2 lead and win 6-3 overall
Nkunku struck again after the break to get City’s nerves back, but then Grealish’s big moment arrived in his first-ever European game, with the England man slashing in on a counter-attack before putting a great effort into the top corner. curled.
Leipzig re-applied the pressure with Nkunku’s low effort in the penalty area to earn him the match ball, but Joao Cancelo’s prodigious attack from distance restored City’s lead almost immediately.
Former City defender Angelino marked his return to the Etihad Stadium by thwarting Leipzig’s chances of another blowback by earning a second yellow card late in the day, before Gabriel Jesus scored from close range after a corner was cleared.
The goal came in midfielder Grealish (left)’s first-ever Champions League game in his career
Grealish, who made his Champions League debut following his £100million move to City from Aston Villa in the summer, admitted he had been looking forward to the Leipzig game for some time and that it was blowing his bill.
“I loved it,” he added. ‘I’ve been waiting for a while. I couldn’t wait for this game for the past few weeks. It’s a great night.
“It was one of those matches. It had absolutely everything. In the end, we are delighted to take the win against a good team full of energy and young players. I’m delighted to get away with the three points – and the goal and the assist.”