Football: Grealish finds life at City harder than expected

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FILE PHOTO: Football Football – English Premier League – Manchester United v Manchester City – Old Trafford, Manchester, England – November 6, 2021 Manchester City’s Jack Grealish during the REUTERS/Craig Brough pre-match warm-up

December 1, 2021

(Dan Tri) – Jack Grealish says he has found it much harder to adjust to life at Manchester City than he thought, as England’s most expensive player prepares to face his former club Aston. Villa.

Grealish joined Man City from Villa in August for a record £100m ($133.23m) but has had a relatively slow start at his new club with two goals and three lanes. assists in 15 appearances.

“I found it much more difficult than I thought, adapting to a different manager and team-mates,” Grealish told the Daily Telegraph /30/jack-grealish-exclusive-unexpected-beautiful-city-players-100m before Man City’s Premier League trip to Villa.

“I won’t say I had a hard time, but I found it very difficult to get used to when I started. I didn’t have the assists and goals I had last season, but I never doubted myself.”

The England international also dismissed concerns about the pressure of his overpriced living, saying he “couldn’t have cared more about it”.

Coach Pep Guardiola backed Grealish to improve, saying the midfielder has the technical skills to thrive at City.

“It’s always difficult for new players, but what he sees or what he has to do, it’s easy for him with the quality he has,” said Guardiola.

“Probably (his slow start was) because he respected his friends, because it was a new environment. It’s normal, it’s a process. He needs time.”

Manchester City are second in the table, one point behind leaders Chelsea. Villa are rising to 13th place after winning the last two matches under new coach Steven Gerrard.

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(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford) Football: Grealish finds life at City harder than expected

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