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The player betrayed by Guardiola in Manchester City’s lineup against Newcastle

Despite recently praising him, the Catalan manager left the player on the bench

By Liam Styles

Pep Guardiola gave a shocking surprise with his line up to against Newcastle in St. James' Park.
Pep Guardiola gave a shocking surprise with his line up to against Newcastle in St. James' Park.
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Manchester City’s coach Pep Guardiola surprised the media and the fans in the last few hours by taking a shocking decision in his lineup to face Newcastle in St. James Park on the twenty-first day of the 2023/2024 Premier League season, where the Catalan coach decided not to count on his lineup on one of his top players in the squad.

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The player in question is the Belgian superstar Kevin De Bruyne, who recently recovered from a long term ACL injury and had several minutes on the pitch during the game facing the Citizen and Huddersfield in the third round of the FA Cup, after which everybody expected that the Belgian playmaker would be in the starting XI set by the manager to visit Newcastle.

In addition, Guardiola himself confessed in his pregame press conference that De Bruyne was absolutely well and he could be included in the lineup for the game, which finally wasn’t part of the plans of the manager, who would have decided to betray the player and not make his words reality on the pitch.

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The Catalan manager set an unexpected lineup to visit the Magpies

In this sense, the Belgian player started from the bench the game against the Magpies, where the Citizen presented the following line up: Ederson; Walker, Rúben Dias, Aké, Gvardiol; Rodri, Kovačić; Bernardo Silva, Foden, Doku; Julián Álvarez. As substitutes, the Catalan manager presented the following players: Ortega Moreno, Lewis, Sergio Gómez, Phillips, Susoho, Nunes, Bobb, Grealish.

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