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Man City coach urges Grealish to ignore critics

Pep Guardiola has advised Jack Grealish to pay no attention to his critics following a slow start at Manchester City.

The England international joined Man City from Aston Villa back in August 2021 and has struggled to make an impact with just four goals and making three assists in all competitions this campaign.

Grealish did admit that life in Manchester is a lot tougher than he expected and thought he would get more assists and goals.

However, Guardiola says he is pleased with the winger’s contribution.

“Maybe he listened too much to what the people say, and it’s wrong,” said Guardiola.

“Always we talk about the statistics. Players today play for the statistics, but this is the biggest mistake they can do.

“Statistics are just a bit of information that we have, but there are players that make the team play good and are not in the statistics.

“We didn’t buy him to score 45 goals. He doesn’t have that quality, but he has another one. He’s playing good, really. I wouldn’t tell you if he’s not playing good, but that’s not the case,” concluded the Man City tactician.

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