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A Defiant Pep Guardiola Hits Back At Patrice Evra After Being Told He Wants Players With 'No Personality'

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A Defiant Pep Guardiola Hits Back At Patrice Evra After Being Told He Wants Players With 'No Personality'

Pep Guardiola has hit back after Patrice Evra claimed he doesn't want to manage player that shows personality at Manchester City.

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The former Manchester United defender made the comments after City's Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid last week.

Evra said Guardiola doesn't want leaders in his team and that's why they continue to fail in Europe's elite competition.

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Guardiola was made aware of Evra's analysis in his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday's clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers and he had to respond.

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The 51-year-old said: "I don’t want personality? Well. I don’t agree, Patrice! I don’t play. I need personalities and good players to play on the pitch, otherwise we will not be…

"I didn’t read it or know [what he’s said]. I have had nice, incredible players in my past as a manager at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and here. I could give a good list in terms of their personality and character.

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"Most of them have won World Cups, European [Championships], Champions Leagues and leagues. Maybe Evra is right or maybe he’s doing a good quote to come back to Manchester United to work there. Maybe there’s a good chance now.

"Good, Patrice — if we were together I would show you the personality and character of my players right now that we have, absolutely."

Evra also compared City to Paris Saint-Germain, adding players only pay for their pay packet rather than the glory.

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He told Prime Video: "City have made a mistake, it's the truth. They are traumatised. They remind me of PSG — they are clubs based on money. Real Madrid also has money, but it has a story behind it; Manchester City only has money and the players go to play there solely for that.

"Then they win trophies, of course, but a player chooses to go to Manchester City only because it offers you more."

City are currently top of the Premier League and on course to win their fourth title in five years.

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Liverpool are their closest challengers and Jurgen Klopp's men ran out 2-1 winners over Aston Villa on Tuesday to go level on points.

Victory over Wolves on Wednesday will see City open up another three point gap on the Reds as we reach the business end of the season.

City are already planning for the next campaign, however.

They've reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of Erling Haaland and the Norway international has already passed a medical.

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Topics: Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, Patrice Evra, Premier League

Daniel Marland
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