Pep Guardiola tells Man City stars ‘you must settle for it’ as title race hots up

Pep Guardiola has informed his Manchester City stars to just accept criticism – or discover one other job to do.

Guardiola is lower than impressed with the flak aimed within the path of Erling Haaland within the wake of City’s goalless draw at residence to Arsenal final weekend. Roy Keane labelled Haaland a “League Two player”, regardless of the very fact he is scored 81 targets since becoming a member of the champions in the summertime of 2022.

Guardiola admits he is stunned some pundits who performed on the highest stage would hammer present stars like Haaland. But the Spaniard is aware of it is all a part of the sport, and that his gamers simply should take all of it on the chin.

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Guardiola stated: “I am surprised it’s come from former players. From journalists I can understand it, because they have never been on the pitch, but the former players, always I am surprised.

“It’s just like the referees after they retire, they at all times criticise the referees. How tough is that enterprise for the gamers. That at all times surprises me. The reminiscence disappears fast.

“Because the problems that the players have (now), they (the pundits) also had. They were hurt when they were criticised by the former players. But today it is what it is. We have to accept it and move forward. They have to do it. It’s their job, so accept it.

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Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola admits gamers want to just accept criticism

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“If you can’t accept it as a footballer, you have to dedicate to another job, like read books. When you are in the public so much, you have to accept it.”

So would Guardiola be prepared to turn into a pundit sooner or later, after he is retired from administration? He stated: “It depends on the offer. If I have your salary, yeah!

“I do not know what is going on to occur sooner or later, however I’m not a man who’s going to criticise my colleagues after I retire. I would not go in there saying it ‘must be this, must be that’. I may very well be doing it now. But I don’t do it. It’s straightforward to criticise, however everybody has to stay for one thing.”

Roy Keane
Roy Keane laid into Erling Haaland final weekend

Haaland has drawn a clean in his final three video games – and scored simply as soon as towards the highest 5 this season. But Guardiola has no worries concerning the Norwegian hitman in anyway.

He added: “It’s football. It happens. Some actions he missed, some times it was down to a lack of supply, sometimes a decision of the manager.

“Sometimes the opponent is absolutely good, typically for a lot of causes. In soccer it isn’t only one purpose. There are many.

“Sometimes when you have, or don’t have success, it’s for many reasons. It’s a team sport, not individual like golf, tennis or the other ones.”