Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, claimed that Mateo Kovacic and Ruben Dias were not at the top of their game against Wolves.
He discussed the two appearances after his team’s 2-1 loss to Gary O’Neil’s team (per Manchester Evening News).
Pep Guardiola thinks that in their performances for Manchester City against Wolves on Saturday, Ruben Dias and Mateo Kovacic displayed a similar flaw.
Pep Guardiola highlights how Ruben Dias and Mateo Kovacic made Manchester City vulnerable to Wolves. Dubbed “magnificent” by Eamon Dunphy, the Portuguese defender has continued his stellar play from last season.
Kovacic has similarly performed admirably for City and has resembled the prototypical centre midfielder under Guardiola.
However, according to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, both Ruben Dias and Mateo Kovacic were careless with the ball against Wolves, which significantly reduced his team’s attacking threat.
It was more challenging since Kovacic and Ruben were required to attack the opponents’ central defenders but chose not to do so, according to him.
The worst player on the pitch was Nathan Ake, followed by Mateo Kovacic.
Even Pep Guardiola would probably agree that Mateo Kovacic was much poorer on the ball than Ruben Dias at the Molineux Stadium, despite the fact that Ruben Dias may not have had his best day in possession.
The Croatian international appeared to be out of place in defensive midfield, filling in for Rodri.
Kovacic’s passing was simply too vertical as he repeatedly attempted to find Haaland in front of Wolves’ defence, which caused City to repeatedly lose possession.
He had a devil of a time attempting to stop the hosts from being a bother in transition defensively, much like Nathan Ake.
Kovacic demonstrated that the No. 6 position is not at all appropriate for him, although Dias may not have had the best afternoon.