The forcefulness with which Liverpool has proclaimed itself Premier League champion and the exits of Leroy Sané or David Silva, as well as others who are in their last year of contract, have made it clear to Pep Guardiola the need to start a revolution to make the Manchester City a more competitive team. « Some players have to be replaced, » admitted the Catalan coach. Among the candidates to arrive are David Alaba, Antoine Griezmann is being watched and Guardiola discards Jadon Sancho. « It doesn’t make sense, » he pointed out on his return.
« Some players have to be replaced. But it is not a disaster or something bad, it is part of football, « explains Pep Guardiola, who describes the changes that the coach is preparing for next season. The exits of Leroy Sané and David Silva make him look for new pieces in the market, in addition to the fact that players like Agüero or Fernandinho will enter their last year of contract.
« In some areas we will have to do this, not because of the lack of quality, but because of the absence of Vinny Kompany and David Silva, while Fernandinho and Sergio Agüero have one more year of contract. I do not know if they will continue or not », commented the City coach. Guardiola accepts Sané’s departure for Bayern Munich. «If men don’t want to stay, they have to go; We are not getting the best out of these players if in their opinion they are not happy here, « said the coach.
Praise Griezmann … and close the door on Sancho
One of the names that sound to reinforce Manchester City next season is David Alaba. The Bayern player is liked by Guardiola given his versatility, capable of playing on the left or center, these two positions being of particular concern to Sampedor. Another name that sounds for the English team is that of Antoine Griezmann, displaced in Barcelona. The Frenchman does not finish fitting in and, of course, he has not found what he expected at the Camp Nou, so in England he is paying attention to the situation of the striker.
If there is someone who totally rules out the Catalan coach, it is Jadon Sancho. Asked about his possible return, Guardiola was resounding. «No. No, he decided to leave, why should he come back? it doesn’t make sense « , he pointed out the Catalan. « If he wanted to leave I do not understand that he will want to return, » he says of the 20-year-old winger at Borussia Dortmund and about which City have the right to match any offer the Germans receive for it.
In any case, the TAS resolution on whether City is finally removed from the Champions League during the next two seasons will really mark the future of the team. The decision will be known in the middle of the month and, in case of being out of the maximum European club competition, then yes there would be a real revolution with danger of stampede of players outside the Etihad Stadium.