Pep Guardiola’s “bizarre” decision to reveal an “overweight” returning Calvin Phillips has been criticized

‘Keep things like that at home…weak than Pep!’: Guardiola’s ‘bizarre’ decision to reveal midfielder Calvin Phillips’ World Cup return ‘overweight’ has been slammed as ‘very bad management’

Pep Guardiola has been criticized for his “bizarre” decision to announce the return of an overweight Calvin Phillips from the World Cup.

The Manchester City coach did not hesitate to talk about the England midfielder on Friday, revealing that he had been excluded from training after he returned to fitness.

“Very poor management by #Guardiola – what was he thinking making this public?” one Twitter user asked.

Pep Guardiola (R) has been criticized for claiming that Calvin Phillips (L) is overweight

A number of people on Twitter asked about

A number of people on Twitter questioned Guardiola’s “very bad management”.

Another added, “A private chat is now public, which is weird from Pep.”

There has been a great deal of confusion as to why Guardiola feels the need to be so honest when it comes to conditioning Phillips.

And a third wrote on Twitter, “Not great from Pep Guardiola Rey Calvin Phillips.” Keep things like this at home. Weak from Pep on this particular occasion.

Phillips was expelled from training after returning to overweight Manchester City

Phillips was expelled from training after returning to overweight Manchester City

The midfielder – who has only played 94 minutes of competitive football this season due to injuries – was left out of City’s squad for the win over Liverpool on Thursday night.

Phillips was told not to train with his teammates when the England and Portugal players who were in Qatar announced they would return to the club on Wednesday.

“He didn’t hurt, he just got overweight,” Guardiola said. ‘I don’t know [why]. He did not arrive in good shape to do the training sessions and play.

Those who were on international duty were given an extended period before the domestic season returned.

The 27-year-old arrived from Leeds for £42m just weeks after City lifted the title in 2021

The 27-year-old arrived from Leeds for £42m just weeks after City lifted the title in 2021

beIN Sport presenter Richard Keyes has accused Guardiola of double standards for 'mocking' Phillips - saying he did not do the same with Sergio Aguero.

beIN Sport presenter Richard Keyes has accused Guardiola of double standards for ‘mocking’ Phillips – saying he did not do the same with Sergio Aguero.

Richard Keyes also ripped Guardiola down and accused him of double standards over the Phillips case.

However, the BeIN Sports Keys presenter has taken to Twitter to target Guardiola for his remarks.

A back-page publication from the Daily Mirror, which littered the story, wrote: ‘I wonder why Guardiola has subjected Phillips to ridicule for this ‘crime’.

‘Not a word when he was leaving.’ [Sergio] Aguero went out for the same offense. strange.’

Guardiola once dropped Aguero after he moved back 100g to 80kg

Guardiola once dropped Aguero after he moved back 100g to 80kg

Now retired, Aguero has since revealed that Guardiola had strict rules about his weight behind closed doors – but that hasn’t taken himself publicly for the Argentine.

“If your ideal weight is 79-80 kg and you weigh 80 kg and 100 grams, you will be fined and not play,” Aguero said last October.

‘But it can happen!’ I happen to have a little chicken for example, it will add 50 grams! “

He added, “Well in season one we were between fourth and third and he said ‘I dumped you because you got fat this week. ‘ And what was I going to say? He was right… these things happen.”

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