Guardiola: I’ve not been a nice guy
PEP Guardiola said he is ‘not a nice guy’ for the way he has used Eric Garcia in the City team.
The 19-year-old has been an increasing presence in the Blues backline over the last month, starting four of the last seven games including the last two Premier League games. With Nicolas Otamendi still out, the youngster could continue against Port Vale today.
In case it hadn’t been difficult enough for the former Barcelona starlet to settle, the absence of Aymeric Laporte has left a void for a ball-playing defender on the left.
Garcia has been asked to fill in on that left side in the last two games, tasked with moving play forward as well as keeping things tight at the back. His manager praised the teenager for how he has helped the team come through a difficult period.
“Last season he played in the Carabao Cup and did really well and this season as well,” said
Guardiola. “He doesn’t make mistakes and is so intelligent with his movements. It’s not easy for him playing on the left side because of his right footed. I’m not a nice guy for that because if I’m giving him an opportunity he should be comfortable playing with his right foot not playing on the left.
“It’s not easy but he solves things so well, he doesn’t make mistakes and is so intelligent. He’s helped us in this period with a lot of problems.”
City youngster Eric Garcia