Pep Guardiola has earned the benefit of the doubt over his in-game decisions, according to former Manchester City midfielder Michael Brown. Guardiola surprised many in Monday’s 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace when he opted against making any substitutions despite the lack of a breakthrough in the Premier League game.
Two dropped points offers more encouragement to Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp’s side look to hunt down the champions. City’s manager said he had considered making changes when asked about it in his post-match press conference, but that he felt the team were in a good rhythm as they created chances to score yet failed to convert any.
Brown admitted that it was an obvious question to ask as the game progressed without a goal. However, he pointed out that Guardiola has been vindicated enough with his decisions at City – where he has won three of the last four Premier League titles – to be able to do whatever he thinks is best.
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“I’m asking the same questions in commentary last night. At one point, the [camera] shot was Ilkay Gundogan, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus,” he told SkySports.
“That would be the talking point but it’s hard to question Pep Guardiola. We’re all sat there saying ‘why isn’t he making these substitutions? Try something different, try and unlock Crystal Palace’s stubborn performance and defence’.
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“But it is Pep Guardiola: he knows exactly what he has to do, he has his reasons and he understands fully in the squad. You’ve got to trust that he’s doing the right thing.”
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