Pep Guardiola has responded to former Manchester United player Patrice Evra, who accused him of only wanting players with no personality. The Frenchman also said players only sign for the club ‘for money’.
The Spanish manager pointed out that throughout his coaching career he has mentored several players with a big personality, from Barcelona to Bayern Munich, and now City, suggesting the Frenchman has other intentions.
“Maybe Evra is right. Or try saying the right things so they call you back to work at Machester United. I had incredible players. I could make you a list, many of them have won world championships, European championships, the Champions League…”
“Patrice, if we were together I could show you the personality and character of my players,” he added.
After City were knocked out in the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid, Evra was particularly critical. “Manchester City need leaders on the pitch, but Guardiola doesn’t want them. He doesn’t want personality. He’s the boss. The problem is that the players don’t have anyone on the pitch to help them. You choose your teams like that and you don’t want to guide players with personality. He did that at Barcelona, but he built a team where he managed to control everyone. When things go wrong, he always decides,” the former France international said, speaking to Prime Video.