Eric catches boss’s eye

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT -

ERIC Gar­cia says he has been work­ing hard in train­ing to catch the eye of Pep Guardi­ola.

With John Stones join­ing Aymeric La­porte on the side­lines and makeshift de­fender Fer­nand­inho sus­pended, the young­ster was handed a start in City’s fi­nal Cham­pi­ons League group game against Di­namo Za­greb.

“As a child you dream play­ing in the Cham­pi­ons League and rep­re­sent­ing this team so I’m re­ally happy,” he said.

“This sea­son I trained re­ally hard ev­ery ses­sion to gain con­fi­dence with the man­ager.”

Gar­cia was per­haps caught out as Di­namo’s Dani Olmo pro­duced a won­der­ful opener for the hosts, but he later ad­mit­ted he was fa­mil­iar with the re­ported City tar­get’s threat.

“I know a lot about Dani Olmo be­cause I play with him for Spain,” Gar­cia ex­plained.

“They were re­ally good as a team, we know it was go­ing to be a re­ally tough game be­cause they needed a win to qual­ify.”

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