Manchester City will face Luton Town in the 16th round of the Premier League (PL) for the 2023-24 season at Kenilworth Road Stadium in Luton, England, at 11 p.m. on the 10th (Korea time). Manchester City is in fourth place in the league with nine wins, three draws and three losses (30 points), and Luton Town is in 18th place in the league with two wins, three draws and 10 losses (9 points). 파친코
Guardiola, who attended a pre-match press conference ahead of the match, was asked about Calvin Phillips, as Phillips was not chosen despite Rodri’s absence in the last showdown with Aston Villa.
Rodri was suspended for one game due to the accumulation of warnings at the time. Guardiola formed the midfield with Manuel Akanji and John Stones. Phillips was listed as a substitute but was never able to play.
Naturally, the possibility is raised that he will leave in January. When asked about the possibility ahead of his showdown with Luton Town, Guardiola said, “I don’t know what will happen. I feel sorry for him for my decision. I talked to him a lot.”
“He doesn’t deserve the way he’s been treated. I’m so sorry. The only thing I can say about him is that he’s a perfect example for good character and character. I have to give him something, but I didn’t do that,” he added.
Phillips is from Leeds who grew up with the Leeds youth team since 2010. After making his debut in the first division in 2014, he began to receive appointments in earnest from the 2016-17 season. Phillips played more than 40 games every season, contributing to his team’s promotion to the English Premier League (EPL) for the first time in 16 years in the 2019-20 season.
Phillips is so influential in the midfield that he is nicknamed “Yorkshire Pirro.” As it is located in a defensive midfielder position, it has advantages such as activity, tackle, defense, and interception, and also has excellent passing ability. With this performance, Manchester City pushed for recruitment. Manchester City needed to reinforce the midfield as Fernandinho left the team.
However, he has not displayed remarkable performance since the transfer. Phillips only played in 12 league games last season. He played 290 minutes on average, playing 24 minutes per game. He is being shunned by Guardiola this season as well. He played 215 minutes in eight matches in all competitions, but failed to impress fans.
Guardiola was completely excluded from the coach’s plan. “I visualize the team. And I’m trying to use Phillips. I’m not satisfied with myself and I feel so sorry for him,” he said. “I hope things can change. If he stays in January, I will be happy because he trains well and is a good person.”