Pep Guardiola hits back at Ilkay Gundogan for criticising Manchester City team-mates after Tottenham defeat


Pep Guardiola hits back at Ilkay Gundogan for criticising Manchester City team-mates after Tottenham defeat

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has refuted the comments made by Ilkay Gundogan following the club’s Champions League quarter-final first leg defeat to Tottenham.

Gundogan suggested that City were ‘too nervous’ in the Champions League and also ‘always make the wrong decisions’.

Pep Guardiola has refuted lkay Gundogan’s claims in the wake of City’s defeat to Tottenham

The Germany international claimed City’s reaction to their penalty miss was not that of a big team.

“I don’t agree with him, absolutely not,” Guardiola said in his press conference on Friday.

“In the second half it was under control. Our game at Tottenham was much better than Schalke.

“Sergio [Aguero] reacted incredibly well to the penalty, the team was mentally strong.”

Gundogan, right, claimed City are ‘too nervous

Guardiola also provided an update on the fitness of Oleksandr Zinchenko and Bernardo Silva, with both doubtful for the clash with Crystal Palace on Sunday.

“They are feeling better but I don’t know if they are going to be fit for Sunday,” Guardiola added.

The City boss is wary of the threat posed by Crystal Palace, who produced a shock 3-2 win at the Etihad in December.