Hearing Pep Guardiola talk in the Press conference a few minutes after the final whistle at the Etihad Stadium, in a game that City failed to pick up all three points against Manchester United, it’s rather clear what kind of players he will try to sign this summer;
We don’t have full-backs to go up and down, up and down, because all of them are 33, 34 years old, so I adapt with the quality of players
the City manager said, referring to Pablo Zabaleta, Aleksandar Kolarov, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy, none of whom is younger than 31.
Last games we played with Jesus and we attack a lot with the full-back, but Pablo, Sagna, Kolarov and Clichy, all of them they are more than 31 years old and they don’t have the legs to go up and down. That’s why I prefer they play in other positions
the Catalan said, practically announcing that City will move for full-backs this summer, so that next season he can work with players who will really fit into his preferred style of play.
There was good news as well, though, for Guardiola and City, despite the rather boring 0-0 draw against United. Gabriel Jesus made his reappearance after his frustrating injury earlier in the season, leaving his manager wondering ‘what if’;
Always I will think what would have happened if Gabriel Jesus would have been with us all the season
City’s manager told reporters.