the jewel i wanted Pep Guardiola for him Manchester City surprised from the first moment. Is about Julian Alvarez, a former River figure who already amazed his new coach with his talent and personality. And the Spanish coach valued above all the development work that the Millionaire did with who is now his reinforcement, and thanked Marcelo Gallardo for all that he instilled in her.
In dialogue with SportsCenter on ESPN, Guardiola He referred to the six months Álvarez went on loan at River despite having been bought in the middle of last season: “I am convinced that there is one very important thing. In the end, Julian He came from a big team and the big team has the demands. It can be River, it can be in Boca. Today you have to win, tomorrow win and tomorrow win. That is instilled in the head, in the soul of the player, “he began.
“I am grateful to River for the training they have given him. You also buy this, not only the qualities but also the mentality of a big team, which is not going to lose. You can lose but lose but you are going to win. You have to rebel, and Julian I’m sure he has this,” he assured Guardiola.
the coach of Manchester City praised Marcelo Gallardo for the player’s development work and referred to the positions where he can play Álvarez: “He’s going to stay and he’s going to help us a lot because he can play very focused, he can play a little more lateral, in winger positions towards the inside. I think all the work of Marcelo Gallardo in River we are going to take advantage of it. Hopefully we can add something else to his game.”
More from Guardiola on Julián Álvarez
“The first thing I can say is that we were not wrong. We had said that he was a fantastic boy, which we have verified. He is an absolutely team player, where you can tell by the effort he gives. And well, one thing that the boy is that he has a goal. When it falls near the area, he has the goal between his eyebrows. I think he has been an extraordinary signing, who will be here for many years”.
The Spanish coach also revealed a desire to Julian: “We want him to understand the game in a different way and that he can grow, that he can, above all, be happy here. People come new, from the other side of the pond, from so far adapting sometimes costs a bit, but we As a club we want him to be well, to adapt well and I’m sure that will be the case. Manchester City He has made a great signing.”
At the same time, Pep He referred to the possibility that Haaland, the other reinforcement in this transfer market in the forward position, could play with Álvarez: “If we play with very open wingers I see it more difficult, but with more closed wingers he can adapt, I have no doubt”.
Finally and consulted by the process of adaptation of the former River, Guardiola was final: “He has already adapted. With America (because of the game he played in the United States against the Mexicans) he showed that he has already adapted. In the training sessions we did before traveling to the United States to play with America, he already he saw”.
“The one who is good needs two half-afternoons. He has already done it. The good ones don’t need time. The good ones adapt quickly. They adjust, they understand quickly and football is universal. The one who knows how to play, knows how to play. A scorer is a scorer in Argentina like England. He who is a crook is a crook in Argentina and England. If it will go well or badly, who knows. If we are going to win or lose, I don’t know. But the issue of adaptation in the field he already has it”, closed Guardiola.