Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has fired back at Patrice Evra following the Frenchman’s scathing attack on the Spanish manager, where Evra stated that Guardiola could not coach players with ‘personality’.
Evra’s comments have not gone down well with Guardiola, who has now dished out his own little attack.
“Manchester City needs leaders, but Guardiola doesn’t want leaders,” Evra said following City’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid earlier this month.
“He doesn’t want personality. He’s the leader.
“That’s why when they’re in trouble they don’t want to. They don’t have anyone on the pitch to help them. He chooses his teams like that, he can’t train people with personality. He did it at Barcelona, but he builds his team to control everyone.
“When things go wrong, he always decides.”
Evra seems to have hit a nerve with his comments, with Guardiola now reminding the former France international of their head-to-head record, dating back over ten years in time.
🗣 "I didn't see when I played against them this kind of personality when we destroyed them." 😅
Pep Guardiola responds to the comments from Dimitar Berbatov and Patrice Evra on him being unable to manage "big characters" pic.twitter.com/5JD8tixgH7
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 13, 2022
“The answer is so easy,” Guardiola said when asked about Evra’s remarks. “It’s the same character in personality that we lost in Madrid in the last two or three minutes.
“Like the specalist former players like Berbatov, Seedorf, Evra and these type of people when they were there and I play against them, this kind of personality, and we destroy them in the Champions League final against United.
“It’s the same character and personality.”
In the past, Guardiola has refrained from getting involved in public conflicts as he was on the losing end of his first big tussle. That episode in Spain, in which Jose Mourinho came out on top on, effectively ended his career at Barcelona.
With just one year remaining on his deal at Manchester City and zero European trophies to show for his hundreds of millions in net spending, one might assume that the Spaniard is feeling the pressure.