Joleon Lescott dismisses theory that Pep Guardiola ‘overthinks’ key Champions League games and is assured that Manchester City will overcome Atletico Madrid within the quarter-finals
- Pep Guardiola is but to steer Manchester City to glory within the Champions League
- The Spaniard has confronted criticism for choices coming again to hang-out him
- This has led folks to consider that he ‘overthinks’ key knock-out ties
- Joleon Lescott says that is solely the case due to who the supervisor is
- The ex-defender is assured Guardiola will keep on with his weapons within the subsequent spherical
Joleon Lescott is assured Pep Guardiola will keep away from one other bout of overthinking a key Champions League knock-out tie when his Manchester City aspect tackle Atletico Madrid within the quarter-finals.
Guardiola is but to steer City to European glory in his six seasons on the membership and has confronted criticism for his choices coming again to hang-out him in big matches.
He began with out Rodri or Fernandinho in midfield for his or her defeat to Chelsea in final season’s last a year after he additionally took the blame for his game-plan of their shock quarter-final defeat to Lyon.
Pep Guardiola is but to steer Manchester City to glory in his six seasons on the membership
And now he faces a dogged, defensive Atletico aspect managed by Diego Simeone on Tuesday in a spherical of the competitors Guardiola has solely acquired handed as soon as in his time at City.
Yet regardless of Atletico’s distinctive fashion — and Simeone’s distinctive manner — former City defender Lescott believes Guardiola will keep on with his weapons subsequent week.
‘I see him approaching it the way he approaches any game,’ mentioned Lescott. ‘I just see both teams trying to play the same way they play all the time.
City were defeated by Chelsea in the final last season and lost to Lyon the year before that
Guardiola has been accused of ‘overthinking’ games with decisions like not to start Rodri (pictured) or Fernandinho last season in the final coming back to haunt him
‘I think that people jump to that conclusion or assumption of Pep doing strange things when results don’t go a sure manner. Pep is an revolutionary thinker on a regular basis. But as a result of a consequence doesn’t go a sure manner, he’s overthinking issues. No, that’s the best way he thinks. We take pleasure in watching City and his fashion is lauded as a result of he thinks the best way he thinks.
‘If you look at those scenarios in isolation, the Chelsea game and the Lyon game, City had faced Chelsea twice in the build-up and lost so not to change something would be questioned.
‘Lyon took four points off City in the group stage the season before their quarter-final. So, again, you would think why would you play the same way if you’ve had minimal success? We question different managers after they come and play the identical manner towards City and don’t have any success however when it’s Pep, he’s overthinking it.’
City shall be with out Ruben Dias for each their first leg towards Atletico and likewise the large recreation towards Liverpool within the Premier League title race after the centre-back was dominated out via damage with John Stones set to take his place for the 2 big matches.
‘It is a blow to lose Dias because he’s a top quality participant and has been distinctive since he arrived,’ mentioned Lescott. ‘But I think the squad and the team that Pep has created I don’t suppose they’re so reliant on any particular person.
‘I don’t suppose there’s been a quartet of centre-backs pretty much as good because the group City has now with Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Nathan Ake and Stones. There might have been higher partnerships like Vidic and Ferdinand Terry and Ricardo Carvalho.
Joleon Lescott is assured of City’s possibilities going into their tie towards Atletico Madrid
‘Yes, there might have been Tony Adams and Martin Keown, regardless of the partnerships could also be, however by way of one in every of their gamers being changed by one other, I don’t suppose there’s been a degree as excessive as what they’ve now.’
With City’s attacking aptitude developing towards Atletico’s defensive-minded resilience, Lescott feels there’s a sense of the unstoppable power meeting the unmovable object.
‘The beauty of it is that both teams will get to play the way they want. These teams are so comfortable in doing what they do. They are both facing a team that is arguably the best in the world at the way they play. It will come down to who executes best what is asked of them.’
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