Guardiola backs ‘excellent’ Grealish to ‘improve’ after mixed start

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Guardiola backs ‘excellent’ Grealish to ‘improve’ after mixed start

Pep Guardiola has backed Manchester City summer signing Jack Grealish to “improve” as he praised the midfielder for his mentality since his move.

Grealish made the move to City this summer from Aston Villa. The Premier League champions paid a British record fee of £100m to sign him.

The Englishman has two goals and two assists for from his ten appearances for them across all competitions.

With City battling for trophies both in Europe and domestically, is playing every three or four days for the first time in his career.

As reported by , Guardiola has been asked about how Grealish has adapted this season. He praised the midfielder as he is “mentally in the right position”:

“We spoke about that and what he has to live when he is not here, in terms of eating, resting and sleeping.

“What he has done so far is excellent, apart from Burnley he has played every game at a good level and I’m sure he will improve. As a manager, you have to know the best position, but he has played very well.

“He is focussed on and off the pitch and he is strong, his weight and body fat is perfect and he is mentally is in the right position. It is the first time he plays every three days. We play every three days for 11 months and it’s difficult but it is a good challenge for him.”

When asked why he chose to sign Grealish, Guardiola added:

“The quality in the final third. He is able to attract opponents and find his mates.

“We have many players but we added another one because we have a lot of games in many competitions. He is at a perfect age and when you are on top in those competitions, the squad must be removed a little bit otherwise it is difficult.

“Everyone has to feel the pressure from the new ones, and the new ones have to understand what the club has done. All the big clubs do it.”

Guardiola later stated that he is “more than satisfied” with Man City midfielder Rodri:

“The seasons are so long, there are highs and lows.

“For a holding midfielder has to be steady, seven or eight our of 10.

“He’s learning, always paying attention and realised what we’re looking for.

“We are more than satisfied. We knew it when we wanted him from Atletico. He’s growing, hopefully he can be better, open his mind to understand what we have to do. He has a margin to be a batter player.”

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Arsenal, Leicester City ‘monitoring’ PL winger following resurgence

Arsenal and Leicester City are both “monitoring” in-form Southampton winger Mohamed Elyounoussi, according to reports.

. Later that year, Southampton signed him for a fee of around £16m.

The attacker failed to score from his 19 outings for the Saints in his debut season. This led to him spending two years on loan at Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.

The 27-year-old scored 17 times for Celtic last term before he returned to Southampton this summer.

Elyounoussi has four goals and two assists for the Saints this season. In August, he scored a hat-trick and he grabbed two assists as his side beat Newport County 8-0 in the Carabao Cup second round.

The winger featured for Norway during the international break. He scored a brace against Montenegro last week as his side won 2-0.

The are reporting that Arsenal and Leicester are both “monitoring” Elyounoussi. His current deal at Southampton expires in 2023.

“I think when you get that comparison you need to accept straight away that if you don’t win three or four Premier League titles, you will always be worse than the previous one,” Arteta said.

“They have already done it and you have just started. So for three or four years prepare yourself that you’re not going to be as good with every comparison.

“It’s impossible to achieve it in three weeks, so just focus on what you are as a player, what you are asked by your manager to do, be yourself and don’t try to be anyone else.”

When asked if Arsenal have a problem moving on from “heroes” such as Vieira, Arteta replied: “It is because normally they become heroes when they are successful and when you win football games and trophies.

“To do that, obviously you don’t just need an individual you need a squad and in this context probably, (right now) is the best-ever generation in Premier League history – to become champions of this league, the top points that they used to have, today it wouldn’t be enough even today to win the Premier League.

“So that’s very significant as well but that has to be the aim. The club has done it in the past and we are looking to do it again.”

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