Former Manchester City player Samir Nasri doesn’t understand Pep Guardiola’s treatment of Riyad Mahrez.
Tuesday evening, in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League, Real Madrid and Manchester City parted ways with a score of parity (1-1). A meeting marked by two superb achievements, from Vinicius on the one hand and from De Bruyne on the other to put his people back up. This gala match had many stars on the field, but also on the benches. Especially on the side of Manchester City. But surprisingly, Citizens coach Pep Guardiola didn’t realize any change during the game. A rare fact in the semi-finals of the Champions League. To the point of arousing the misunderstanding of his former player, Samir Nasri. For him, Riyadh Mahrezin particular could have brought a lot against Real Madrid.
Nasri does not understand why Mahrez did not return
“Pep had Mahrez on the bench and I think it’s a shame to be deprived of it. » pic.twitter.com/HKD6oGmMXk
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On the set of Channel Football Clubthe former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder wonders about the Coaching Pep Guardiola. “When you have such an arsenal available on the bench, I think it’s a shame to deprive yourself of it for the last 20 minutes. I don’t feel like he made so few changes before.”. The Catalan passed by the bench of FC Barcelona for his part explained the non-use of assets like Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden or Julian Alvarez.
“I thought the players on the field were good. They have a certain level and can keep control of the ball. Opposite, Madrid have players capable of hurting with runs in transition if the game goes crazy”. Will Pep Guardiola do the same next Wednesday in the return match? Will he decide to do without the Algerian ? If so, his choices could once again cause a lot of debate in the event of elimination…