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"Pep Guardiola will be going back to Spain with his tail between his legs"

Ex-Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore launched an attack on Man City coach Pep Guardiola following the loss to Leicester calling him "beyond deluded".

Pep Guardiola, durante un partido de Premier League del Manchester City.
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First it was Match of the Day pundits Robbie Savage and Richard Dunne who laid into the way Pep Guardiola set up his Manchester City side following the 4-2 loss to Leicester on Saturday, describing the team as “terrible” and “a shambles”. And now yet more criticism of the Spanish coach has been piled on in the British media.

"Pep Guardiola is beyond deluded" 

This time ex-Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore has stuck the knife in with a scathing column in the Daily Mirror titled: ‘Pep Guardiola is beyond deluded if he thinks he can win the Premier League without practicing tackling’.

Stan Collymore
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Stan Collymore

“I’ve never suggested Pep Guardiola is not a good manager — he obviously is,” started Collymore.“But if he thinks he’s going to turn up and outplay everybody in the Premier League, and that teams like Watford, Leicester, Bournemouth, Southampton and Crystal Palace are going to let his Manchester City side have the ball for 90 per cent of the time and pass pretty patterns around them so they can get a result, then he is absolutely deluded.

"...he’ll be going back to Spain with his tail between his legs"

“In fact, he is beyond deluded,” continued Collymore. “And if he thinks he doesn’t need to teach tackling or one-on-one combat in training then he’ll be going back to Spain with his tail between his legs.

“Maybe he’ll win one Premier League, because he’ll spend another £200m and mop up the best youth talent. But the great managers understand the unique circumstances the Premier League has. They realise it’s not just about playing the beautiful game for five or 10 games, but about grinding it out at times as well over the course of the full 38.”


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