Guardiola rejects Neville’s nod to Metropolis’s tactical fouls

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04 Nov 2018, 04:00 IST
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Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola was fast to reject Gary Neville’s declare that Manchester Metropolis have turn into masters within the artwork of committing tactical fouls to stifle the opposition.

Following Metropolis’s 1-Zero Premier League win over Tottenham on Monday, former Manchester United stalwart Neville alluded to the champions’ potential to interrupt up play when underneath stress.

Midfielder Fernandinho was highlighted as a specific exponent of the craft by Neville, in his function as a pundit on Sky Sports activities, as Metropolis returned to the highest of the desk.

When Neville’s assertions had been put to Guardiola in a information convention forward of Sunday’s conflict at house to Southampton, the Catalan insisted he would by no means ship a group out with the instruction to intentionally transgress.

“I am not utterly agree[ing] with that,” he mentioned. “We attempt to play, in fact typically we make fouls. By no means my groups are targeted on making one thing unsuitable for the opponents.

“We attempt to assault, to play our sport however by no means to do this to keep away from what they do. It is by no means occurred in my profession and by no means will occur in my profession as a result of I perceive the sport in a special method.

“We attempt to make the most effective soccer as potential to win the video games. Possession for numbers is nothing if you happen to do not create probabilities. I am not agree[ing] with that remark that we’re a group which can be searching for these conditions as a result of it by no means occurred in Barcelona, it by no means occurred in Bayern Munich, it by no means occurred at Metropolis and by no means will occur sooner or later in my profession, by no means.

“When the opponent has the ball we’re going to press them, however the individuals should know, and Gary Neville is aware of completely properly as a result of he was a participant, the opponents play too and typically they dribble and also you make a foul.

“I do not know the statistics however I do not assume we’re a group that makes quite a lot of fouls and usually when you’ve gotten 65, 70 per cent of the ball we can not kick the opponent.

“However I can guarantee you, by no means in my life have I mentioned to my gamers ‘it’s important to do this [foul] to make issues to the opponents to not allow them to be who they’re.'”

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