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While Julian Alvarez is criticized, this is what Guardiola says about him

The Argentine versatile striker was included in City’s team playing against Chelsea

By Mario Perez

Pep Guardiola defended Julian Alvarez from the criticism after his performance against Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola defended Julian Alvarez from the criticism after his performance against Chelsea.
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Manchester City’s coach Pep Guardiola impressed the media in his last press conference with the Citizen ahead of their postponed game against Brentford in the Etihad Stadium, as he spoke out on Julian Alvarez following the controversy about the role and the presence of the player in the team facing Chelsea last Saturday.

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In this sense, it would be worth mentioning that the Argentine striker has been recently criticized by the media and the fans due to his poor performance against the West London team in the Etihad, having been blamed of the team’s lack of goal of the Sky Blues and pointing him as guilty of Erling Haaland’s problems to have chances against in the game.

Asked by the 1-1 draw against Chelsea, Guardiola didn’t hesitate on defending the selection of the Argentine striker to be in the lineup to face the Blues, despite football experts claiming that he should have started Kovacic or Nunes in Julian’s position to front Chelsea's solid midfield.

The Catalan coach hit the critics back by highlighting the qualities and the movements of the Argentine 24-year-old striker, who was replaced by Bernardo Silva in the 64th minute of the Citizen’s home game against the Blues.

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What did Guardiola say about Julian?

“Alvarez’s movements between lines and we have another guy when the teams defend so, so deep and it happens quite often, we have a guy with a sense of goal which is important”, said Guardiola, who added that "Julian plays because he deserves it and in the absence of Erling for two months he was a key, key point with Phil”.

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