ESPN pundit Craig Burley believes Josko Gvardiol is “not a full-back” after his performance for Manchester City against Chelsea yesterday.
Pep Guardiola’s side played out an entertaining 4-4 draw against the Blues at Stamford Bridge, one of the best games of the season so far.
The match was exciting and frantic and in the end every point was probably fair.
City defended uncharacteristically sloppy, which may have worried Guardiola.
It’s not common for City to score four goals, but the backline was shaky yesterday and Ruben Dias in particular was criticized for his performance.
Josko Gvardiol also had difficulties at times.
Sky commentator Jamie Carragher said that Pep would not be particularly pleased with his defense of Chelsea’s opening goal.
However, in Burley’s eyes, the Croatian international is not currently playing in his best position.
Craig Burley claims Josko Gvardiol is ‘not a full-back’ for Manchester City Burley has given his thoughts about the match in a video for the ESPN YouTube channel.
Like many others, he was surprised to see how weak Man City looked defensively that day.
It’s certainly not what people associate with Pep’s side.
Then he talked about Gvardiol.
He affirmed: “Gvardiol is a good player.
But he is not a fullback.
The way he got into shape (for his first goal for Chelsea) was wrong.
Everything is wrong.
He’s not the only one, (Nathan) Ake has been sidelined.
Akanji went there.
I’d say it’s a problem, but perhaps it’s a slight weakness of this City team.
Gvardiol could have done better with Chelsea’s first goal.
But the same can be said of Dias, who was out of position and unable to return to suppress the former RB Leipzig man.
Despite having a difficult day at work, Gvardiol still handled the ball very well.
He has a passing accuracy of 94% (51/54).
He also made 3 tackles, 3 clearances and won 5/8 duels (Sofascore).
A rare struggle for Gvardiol This was perhaps Gvardiol’s worst outing for City since his big-money transfer in the summer.
But some of the criticism against him is somewhat laughable.
Before the match against Chelsea, star paid 130,000 pounds/week Gvardiol played very impressively in the Man City shirt playing on the left wing.
In previous matches, he showed excellent technique and solid defense.
At the end of the day, Gvardiol is still a young player and this can be overlooked due to his comfort and maturity.
He would play these kinds of matches from time to time, in his first season in English football.
You have to give credit to Raheem Sterling and Reece James.
Both made Gvardiol’s life unpleasant.
But he will learn from it and become a better player.