Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola Mocks Liverpool's Pitch Sabotage Talk

Manchester City preview Aguero Sterling De Bruyne... the names at Rotherham United's training ground this week

City had attempted to persuade the 19-year-old Spaniard to extend his contract with the club but admitted defeat and sold him to the Spanish giants in a deal that could rise to £22 million ($28 million).

The 19-year-old was highly rated by the club but has followed winger Jadon Sancho out of the Etihad after the England global left in the summer of 2017, going on to make a huge impact at Borussia Dortmund.

Sancho, 18, has impressed at Borussia Dortmund since joining the Bundesliga club in 2017, earning three England caps.

"I am not the groundskeeper", Guardiola said.

Guardiola does not want to rush the Belgian midfielder back after two injuries disrupted his season but he showed his quality in the 66 minutes he played, with the City boss saying De Bruyne sees things that other players can not.

"But you have to take a look at all the big clubs in Europe, how many young players that are in the first team immediately".

'I just need to keep pushing, do my best in the games and take opportunities when they come.

The visitors did force goalkeeper Ederson into a fine save to deny Michael Smith in the closing stages but Rotherham remain without a win in the FA Cup since November 2013.




Asked about the theory ahead of tomorrow night's Carabao Cup semi final first leg against League One Burton, Guardiola said: 'I am not a groundskeeper.

"I am not the groundskeeper", he said.

"We spoke with him yesterday to play 65-70 minutes, full intensity, and to do everything that is good for his rhythm", Guardiola told a news conference.

"Always we try to put water on it, but it's not necessary here".

"We want to cut the field all the time, all my career, 10 years as a manager".

"When this happens, you do the best for opponents".

"They don't compete really and that's why sometimes it's hard to put them [in the team]... that's why they train with us, sometimes they play in the cup, sometimes go on loan, to see how they develop in that position". I never speak with the groundsman. I trust the groundsmen.

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