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Sarcastic Guardiola on Grealish trade: ‘I do it for cameras’

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Pep Guardiola has hit again at criticism of his remedy of Jack Grealish following the draw with Arsenal by sarcastically saying: “I do it for the cameras.”

An animated Guardiola was noticed giving Grealish a sequence of directions on the pitch instantly following the ultimate whistle after Sunday’s 0-0 draw.

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The Manchester Metropolis supervisor has confronted criticism for his behavior of confronting gamers on the pitch after video games quite than within the dressing room and requested about his interplay with Grealish, the 53-year-old shrugged it off.

“I do it for the cameras, my ego,” Guardiola informed a information convention on Tuesday.

“I am the well-known individual of the workforce and I would like the cameras to fall asleep with unbelievable satisfaction.

“I at all times attempt to criticise the gamers there [on the pitch] and allow them to understand how unhealthy they’re. Particularly when Erling [Haaland] scores three objectives, the cameras should be on me.”

Metropolis face Grealish’s former membership Aston Villa on the Etihad on Wednesday as they give the impression of being to maintain tempo with Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Kyle Walker, Éderson and Nathan Aké have all been dominated out however John Stones, who was a shock inclusion on the bench in opposition to Arsenal, may return.

“John could also be [fit] however the different two haven’t any probability,” Guardiola mentioned.

“[Stones] has to really feel absolutely match however the damage was lower than we anticipated within the second however we’ll see. Possibly for the following video games, he can be prepared.”

Villa have already crushed Metropolis as soon as this season, successful 1-0 at Villa Park in December — a sport Guardiola says was his workforce’s worst efficiency of the season.

“We deserved to lose the sport,” he mentioned.

“Aston Villa play to qualify for the Champions League and each workforce performs for one thing. The final video games are at all times troublesome to handle for all of us.”