Manchester City manager Josep Guardiola said midfielder Kelvin Phillips has improved but should be in top form throughout the year after he learned a valuable lesson after being dropped after returning to the overweight side after participating in football world championship. only 40 minutes from England. Coming on as a substitute in the Qatar 2022 final, he has yet to start a game for City since joining from Leeds United during last summer’s transfer window due to a shoulder injury.
He was publicly criticized by Guardiola for being overweight after he was left out of City’s squad on 22 December following a League Cup victory over Liverpool.
Guardiola said: “This could be a good lesson for him in the future.” I have a feeling that a football player should be perfect within 12 months. Even on holidays you have to be perfect. You can have fun and do whatever you want, but you have to be prepared because this level is very difficult. To play every three days, you need to be ready, and if not in shape, then nothing. He got better last week.
Guardiola added that Phillips, who has made five substitute appearances in all competitions so far, could start his first match against Southampton in the League Cup quarter-finals next Thursday.