Guardiola: I’ve not been a nice guy

Manchester Evening News - - CITY V PORT VALE - By SI­MON BAJKOWSKI

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

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