Jack Grealish has revealed that Pep Guardiola formulates a ‘different game plan’ for every single game, crediting the Man City boss with singlehandedly winning an ‘unbelievable’ amount of games this season.
In the thick of the hectic festive fixtures, Manchester City are currently the star at the Premier League tree, the reigning champions one point ahead of Liverpool as they seek a fourth title in five years.
Key to City’s success so far this season has been their defensive strength, conceding just nine times in 17 league outings, although they are still the second-highest scorers in the division despite not having a recognised striker amongst their ranks.
£100 million man Jack Grealish believes that City’s success is all down to their manager, Pep Guardiola, who concocts a different tactical game plan for every single outing.
“The amount of games he has won for us this season from his tactics is just unbelievable,” Grealish said, as per the Mail.
“The craziest thing that he does is that every game is a different game plan. I know you have a lot of managers out there that like to stick with the same game plan no matter what team they are playing, but he is the complete opposite.
“Every different game there is a different way of playing and he has obviously studied that game for the week leading up to it.”
While City are currently the cream of the English crop, Grealish has so far struggled to really sparkle in a team full of stars since his British transfer record move from Aston Villa.
He did however get on the scoresheet in the 7-0 rout of Leeds in midweek, and speaking ahead of this weekend’s game against Newcastle, the 26-year-old admitted his adaptation has been harder than he anticipated.
“It has probably been a bit more difficult than I thought it was going to be,” Grealish admitted. “I thought I was going to come here and maybe double my goals and assists tally that I had at Villa.
“It hasn’t been the case, but I still feel like I have done OK. Hopefully now I am settled and starting to get used to club.
“He has kept reassuring me that I am playing well. He just kept saying to me ‘Make sure you are hanging in there and the goals and the assists will come’. Obviously, they did the other night and hopefully that is the first of many now.”