Guardiola says Man City midfielder Kalvin Phillips is overweight. Midfielderof Manchester City and England received criticism from Pep Guardiola after arriving from the World Cup out of shape. After the 2022 World Cup break, City returned to competitive play Friday night as they faced off against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup and defeated them 3-2. However, their English midfielder was left off the roster, and his manager has now admitted that this is because he is not physically fit to compete.
When pressed on Phillips, Guardiola said as follows: “He has no wounds. He arrived chubby. I’m not sure why. He wasn’t ready to play or participate in practice when he arrived.” The midfielder’s manager responded to questions about why he hasn’t been able to stay in shape while traveling with England by saying: “Not at all. Absolutely. He cannot play because of this. He will play when he is ready since we are in dire need of him.”
Guardiola was then questioned about how frustrating it was. It’s a private talk with Kalvin, he retorted. Phillips was acquired by Man City from Leeds United for £42 million in the summer, but injuries have limited him to only one Premier League game. This has been a disappointing return to Manchester, and he would have hoped to improve upon that during the second half of the season. On December 28, City will play in the Premier League against Leeds, Phillips’ previous team. It appears improbable that he will participate in the game at this time.
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