Pep Guardiola Admits Regret Over His Handling Of Alexis Sanchez At Barcelona
Posted by Jordan Clarke | Published on December 18, 2016
Pep Guardiola has revealed his regret of playing Alexis Sanchez out wide at Barcelona in order to accommodate Lionel Messi, instead of playing him centrally.
Speaking ahead of Manchester City’s clash against Arsenal, the Spaniard told reporters that Sanchez is a ‘class, class player’. Sanchez, who joined Arsenal from Barcelona, winning four trophies in Spain, is thriving for Arsenal this season and Guardiola admits he’s always had the potential to play there.
Speaking to Goal, Guardiola said:
“I think Alexis played well at Udinese, with Chile, he played really good in Barcelona,” you play with Messi all the players are beside him and people think he [Alexis] was not at his level because Messi is the highlight. But he played good and helped us a lot.
“And I think the position he’s in now as a striker is perfect for him, suited perfectly to him. In Barcelona maybe I didn’t help him too much because he was playing wide, I like the wingers wide.
“He can do that but he’s more between the lines than to cross to the goal. Sometimes he played as a striker, especially one game I remember against Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final.
“He’s a player who can play in several positions, left, right, he’s a fighter, [he has] spirit, he’s a character, he’s a winner, he’s a class, class player.
“I think now he’s playing really well, but at Barcelona, and with the national team, with Chile, he won two Copas America, so that shows how good a player he is.”
Alexis Sanchez’s Arsenal take on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City this afternoon, in a clash that could make or break one clubs title-race. Sanchez, who has scored 14 goals in all competitions for the gunners this season, may fancy his chances against Manchester City’s defence after their shaky period in recent games, especially after Leicester dismantled them 4-2 at the King Power Stadium, in which Robbie Savage labeled City’s defending as ‘a disgrace’.
Manchester City host Arsenal at the Etihad from 4.00pm today, which can be watched on Sky Sports as part of their Nissan Super Sunday specials.