Guardiola welcomes Tinkerman reputation ahead of clash with Ranieri

Pep Guardiola welcomes his Tinkerman reputation ahead of clash with Claudio Ranieri’s Watford as Man City boss vows to continue making ‘MAD’ selection decisions

  • City boss Pep Guardiola says he will continue making ‘mad’ selection decisions 
  • The Spaniard has developed a reputation for tinkering his strong City squad 
  • Ahead of his battle with Claudio Ranieri, Guardiola welcomed his reputation
  • Guardiola has been boosted by the return of five stars for Saturday’s game 

Pep Guardiola promised to continue making ‘mad’ decisions in charge of Manchester City before meeting the original Tinkerman on Saturday.

City were depleted for the midweek victory at Aston Villa but have been boosted with the return of five first-team stars at Claudio Ranieri’s Watford.

Ferran Torres is now the only absentee and Guardiola told his players to remain on their toes as he plans to use the full depth of City’s squad in the coming weeks.

Pep Guardiola has said that he will continue to make ‘mad’ selection decisions at Man City

‘Sometimes we let them rest but everyone has to be ready, they know it,’ Guardiola said. ‘Sometimes I’m mad and take decisions people weren’t thinking.. Some who people don’t expect to play are picked, like Cole Palmer against Everton.

‘Nobody expected it and he played. It’s good everyone is back because December is really tough with the amount of games.’ 

Guardiola revealed that Kevin De Bruyne could have featured on Wednesday night but City were cautious not to risk the midfielder after testing positive for coronavirus.

City – who are set to take a raft of academy products to RB Leipzig for Tuesday’s Champions League dead rubber – relied on squad players to leave Villa with victory.

The Manchester City boss has developed a reputation for tinkering with his strong squad

Guardiola welcomed his reputation ahead of his clash with Watford manager Claudio Ranieri

Nathan Ake, Fernandinho and Oleksandr Zinchenko had registered just six Premier League starts between them beforehand and Guardiola paid tribute to the trio.

‘These type of players are always helping,’ he added. ‘Nathan, Oleks and Dinho are examples for us. All the time, no complaining and training.

‘I said we must win this game especially for these guys who don’t play much and they made a really good performance. Normally when you behave like this and you don’t play, always you play good. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the karma, I don’t know but it happens.’

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