Man City squared up against Burnley on Saturday, and Pep Guardiola’s side had a certain oddity to it. A closer look at the team sheet would reveal that the Sky Blues had fielded only six substitutes for the Premier League encounter.
When quizzed about the lack of substitutes, Guardiola simply stated: “We don’t have any more players, that is the reason why.”
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich gaffer also added: “We have one goalkeeper and five players. We could take one from [the] second team but they played a game yesterday.”
But it would appear that only a few people are buying this excuse, and rightly so. This adds to one of the few things that City have done wrong so far this season, what with the Mancunian side having lost just two games throughout the campaign, and being the favorites to secure most, if not all of the four competitions they are still in.
Most vocal in his criticism was Gary Neville, who had a particular beef to pick with Guardiola’s inability to bench a youth player.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he exclaimed: “I was really hoping he wasn’t going to give the answer that he did. I think it’s a joke, an absolute joke. If you are a youth team manager at Man City ring him up.
“Forget the second team – even if they played yesterday still bring one on the bench – the youth team are there. Bring a kid, travel with the team, help the kitman, put him on the bench, have the experience of being in a Premier League game and give somebody a boost.”
A similar feeling was echoed across Twitter, with sarcasm and humor running high.
Close towards the end of the winter window, Guardiola had claimed that City couldn’t afford to splash money to make one big signing, and now this debacle. The man knows his tactics alright, but it would seem that more often than not, he finds his own foot in his mouth.