Man City stars' game time 'biggest problem' amid Foden verdict - Whelan

By Noel Whelan

9th Apr, 2022 | 1:11pm

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Noel Whelan has admitted squad management is the “biggest problem” Pep Guardiola faces at Man City.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker insisted the likes of Phil Foden would not be happy with limited minutes on Champions League nights.

The 21-year-old made a decisive impact after coming on for the last 20 minutes in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid.

The England international came off the bench to set up Kevin de Bruyne for City’s winner.

However, Whelan insisted the homegrown star would be somewhat dissatisfied not starting such a crucial game.

Asked if he thought Foden would be happy playing a substitute role on Champions League nights, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “No, no, but I think everyone understands their role at Manchester City.

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“Because of the size of the squad and the quality they possess, everyone realises that next to them is another international player. They’re another quality player, someone that’s cost millions or is worth there or there about.

“I think they all know their role and I think they all respect Guardiola’s decision. They’re always there when needed as well.

“I think that’s one of the biggest problems when you have a big squad. How can you manage these players, these superstars, these internationals?

“Pep Guardiola’s managed to do it at every single club he’s been at. That is a testament to him and the respect that the players show him.

“I don’t see too many people grumbling in the papers about wanting to leave because of game time. They all know their roles, they know it’s a 22, 23 man squad.

“Some people will play one week, some people might not play the other week. At the same time, you’re still getting the same performance from every single player that’s in that squad.”

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