Attention to detail
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed what he said to the Etihad ball boys after the sides slow start against Crystal Palace.
The Catalan manager explained that his side was not up to the speed in which was required of them for the first 30 minutes of the game.
It took until the 44th minute for the Cityzens to get the first goal of a five-goal thrashing which came in the form of Raheem Sterling.
Though, many pointed out during the game that Guardiola had been spotted given in-depth instructions to one of the ball boys.
Many were confused as to what was going on and why Pep would bring the young fans in to explain his game tactics but it makes a lot more sense now.
Guardiola revealed in his post-match media obligations that it was actually to speed up the pace of the game, urging the ball boys to increase the urgency.
“If you analyse 30 minutes in the first half, we were not ready to be there,” he explained.
“Maybe over 90 minutes you cannot be there all the time. But it was slow.”
“There were five, ten seconds before someone goes to take the ball and start to play. When this happens everything is slow.”
“So the ball boys were slow, everybody was slow. And we have to create in the game, to provoke the game. And we didn’t for most of the time in the first half.”
Guardiola giving a team talk… to the ball boy pic.twitter.com/vQB3cYJQk8
— Sam Lee (@Sammy_Goal) September 23, 2017
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