Manchester City boss wants players ‘angry’ at lack of game time
Pep Guardiola believes it is a good sign if Manchester City players are angry at being omitted from the starting lineup.
As part of the 6-1 win against Bournemouth on Saturday, Jeremy Doku scored four goals and provided four assists.
Jack Grealish started last week’s win at Manchester United, with the winger on the bench, but the roles were reversed when the Cherries visited.
“Doku – be angry that he hasn’t played the last two games. This is the way to maintain consistency.
As City moved to the top of the Premier League with Saturday’s win, Belgium international Doku, a £55.4m summer signing from Rennes, has settled quickly.
The 21-year-old is competing with England’s Grealish, who was an unused substitute at the weekend and has yet to score a goal in the league this year, for a regular starting role.
“Jeremy and Jack can play both at the same time, but when they don’t, train better the next day because the moment is coming, and when you are mentally prepared, you will perform well.” said Guardiola.
We benefited from his [Grealish’s] play at Old Trafford, which gave us more composure and power in that position.
It is important to have everyone. There are a lot of games to play and everyone has to compete.
As a result, we will win games, and you will be happy, as well as everyone else.”
A Champions League match between City and Swiss champions Young Boys will be played on Tuesday (20:00 GMT).