Guardiola warns City stars over squad rotations


The Catalan has told his star players that nobody has a secure spot in the starting XI.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has warned his players that there will be rotations, meaning they should remain on their toes because nobody is guaranteed a starting position.

The Spaniard is well-known for rotating his squad constantly throughout the season and he is not afraid to let players in the likes of Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure out of the squad.

Speaking ahead of Monday’s clash against Everton, Guardiola said:

“Hopefully they will understand that at the big clubs, you cannot have 11 players, so they have to compete with each other.“ as quoted by Goal.

“For example, in the last game in Brighton, Leroy Sane didn’t play from the beginning. It was a key point and I changed our dynamic a little bit up front. Raz [Sterling], when he played minutes, he played very well.

“In that kind of level in the Premier League, the people who are 12, 13, 14 and play in the game, they are so, so important.

“When the game is in the last 15 or 20 minutes, the opponent is tired and we’ve moved them during the game, we can introduce dynamic players like Bernardo Silva, Raz or Sane. In another game, maybe it’s Sergio or Gabriel Jesus. So it’s a point where we can win games in the last minutes.”