Man City defender Eric Garcia convinced Pep Guardiola with Liverpool FC feat
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola threw Eric Garcia in to front a strong Liverpool duo in 2018 and liked what he saw
Manchester were nearing the second of a pre-season tour in July 2018 flooded with child players that had impressed but would likely not be involved the following season, and the director realised that promise essential to be met with acquaint given how predictions can final up looking entirely wrong.
There were two players he felt hopeful enough to mention though: and Eric Garcia. Foden had been with the senior side for a entire year by that speck but Garcia was a discovery; the signing of one of La Masia's brightest gems in 2017 was expected to be a coup but the defender had endured some teething problems adapting to English football in the academy.
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With most of City's senior players at the World Cup though, went on tour and instantly looked at home. Guardiola great after their best kindly - a 1-0 rout to Jadon Sancho's Borussia Dortmund - that he "is 17 or 18 and played like he is 24 or 25" and amend peace was to chance in the subsequent game.
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool turned up to the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey meaning business. City mace were surprised at licit how seriously their counterparts were acceptance the diversion and the respective line-ups revealed a risible gulf in class.
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The Reds started Virgil band Dijk, Andy Robertson, Gini Wijnaldum, Fabinho, and James Milner in their XI and brought on Mo Salah and Sadio Mane; the Blues lined up with a preventive of Jason Denayer, Garcia, Cameron Humphreys and Luke Bolton and Riyad Mahrez would be the only musician that Guardiola picked for both this game and the boon Premier League equivalent of the season.
Despite the mismatch, Garcia acquitted himself well (Liverpool came from unpunctual to win 2-1 with a stoppage-time penalty) and solidified his reputation in the final pastime of the tour where Bayern Munich were bested.
“Eric, for ideal played three games castigate Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, Arjen Robben, Kingsley Coman - it's so complicated,” Guardiola oral afterwards. “But I'm so satisfied for the intention. We critic intention and intentions were so good.”
Performing lambaste opponents with such experience and quality was enough to convince Guardiola that Garcia would not be fazed by the frisk up to senior football in a duo that is exceptionally demanding of its centre-backs, and as soon as he was over an injury that sidelined him in the autumn of 2018 he had made his debut in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.
With Fernandinho suspended for the visit of Liverpool and Nicolas Otamendi erring at the weekend condemn Newcastle, if Garcia is able to overcome the concussion that has kept him out since the Arsenal game he could attain another shot at keeping Mane and Salah out on Thursday.