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Guardiola explains why Manchester City signed Jack Grealish

Mon 18 October 2021 | 16:20

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes the acquisition of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa was crucial to further success.

Guardiola, who has won the Premier League three times in four seasons with

Manchester City

, stressed that buying high-quality players is essential to keeping conditions fresh for a successful team.

"[We signed Grealish because of his] quality in the final third. He is able to attract opponents and find his [team-mates].

"We have many players but we added another one because we have a lot of games in many competitions. He is at a perfect age and when you are on top in those competitions, the squad must be removed a little bit otherwise it is difficult.

"Everyone has to feel the pressure from the new ones, and the new ones have to understand what the club has done. All the big clubs do it."

Guardiola believes that

Grealish

has done very well since joining Manchester City. The 26-year-old has made 10 appearances so far, with two goals, two assists and 22 chances for his teammates.

"We spoke about [playing in Europe] and how he has to live when he is not here, in terms of eating, resting and sleeping,"

Guardiola continued

.

"What he has done so far is excellent. Apart from [against] Burnley, he has played every game at a good level and I'm sure he will improve. As a manager, you have to know the best position, but he has played very well.

"He is focused on and off the pitch and he is strong, his weight and body fat is perfect and he is mentally is in the right position. It is the first time he plays every three days. We play every three days for 11 months and it's difficult but it is a good challenge for him."

Man City will face

Club Brugge

 in the third round of the Champions League group stage tomorrow night, and

Ederson

and

Gabriel Jesus

will go straight to Belgium after the international break.

"We see the protocols, [Ederson and Jesus] couldn't land [in England] unless they isolate [for] 10 days,"

Guardiola added.

"We will join them in the hotel and [on Tuesday] they will do preparation, maybe play, maybe not.

"I'm sure they will feel good because they recovered really well, they will train there, and we will see tonight how they feel.

"What we have seen [from Club Brugge] is physicality and they know what they have to do. They have a lot of quality up front. We go there, we have four games left and 12 points to fight for to qualify for the last 16.

"This is the target, and our mentality will be the same. We want to make them adjust and control the game with how we play."

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