Guardiola admits price adds extra pressure for Grealish

The Manchester City manager has said he wants the striker to ‘do amazing things’.

<p>Jack Grealish scored Manchester City’s opener on Saturday.  Credit: Getty.</p>
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Jack Grealish scored Manchester City’s opener on Saturday. Credit: Getty.

Pep Guardiola has admitted Jack Grealish’s £100million price tag is putting added pressure on the Manchester City striker.

It was a much better performance from Grealish, who was positive from the left wing and his creativity saw Wolves down to 10 men in the second half as Nathan Collins was shown a direct red card for a high tackle on the city ​​No. 10. .

But asked after the game about the pressure on Grealish, the City manager said there was greater expectation given the £100million spent securing his services last summer.

Grealish scored after just 55 seconds at Molineux. Credit: Getty.

“Yeah maybe. We have to admit that,” the former Barcelona manager said. “But it’s like today, you’re 11 against 10 and it wasn’t easy. Wolves were better that we and you pay dearly for a transfer, they must be doing amazing things.

“He has to be who he is, that’s all. Good times, bad times everyone has. The important thing is: ‘I am Jack Grealish, I play as I am. I go there with a good mentality and I try to do my best to help all of us”. That’s all I want for him and for everyone.

Haaland’s impact may rub off

Grealish’s goal was just his fourth in the league for City since last summer’s move, with Erling Haaland and Phil Foden also on target for the champions.

Haaland scored his 14th goal in just 10 games and Guardiola said after the match that he hopes the Norwegian’s thirst for goals can rub off on Grealish and his City team-mates.

Guardiola hopes Haaland can have an impact on his City team-mates. Credit: Getty.

“Yeah. I said it before, I’m not asking him [Grealish] just score a goal,” he explained. “I said try to be aggressive. You have two incredible strikers like you, the tendency is to take a lot from them.

“But we needed Kevin’s goals [De Bruyne] last season he had a lot of goals. This season he thinks more about assists and we need Gundo [Ilkay Gundogan] as well. When he plays there, he’s an incredible runner to the box – Aston Villa are the perfect example of that.

“We need players. Always when we get there, players have permission to open the door and enter the box. No one is allowed to do that there.

“Erling continues to score goals, it’s great. Julian [Alvarez] had a chance, it’s great. But the others must also have the desire, the hunger and the mentality to score goals.

Eleanor C. William