Atletico Madrid gamers threatened Jack Grealish by saying ‘we’re going to get you’ forward of Manchester City’s return Champions League journey to Spain.
Pep Guardiola’s aspect beat the Spanish champions 1-0 on the Etihad Stadium final week, with a goalles draw within the second leg being sufficient to safe their spot within the subsequent spherical.
City’s £100million man Grealish modified the sport when he got here off the bench throughout that first-leg win and ruffled some feathers in Diego Simeone’s aspect, resulting in some sturdy challenges and purses following his introduction.
And even though he was an unused substitute in Spain, Grealish was nonetheless the goal of a late mass brawl that broke out on the Wanda Metropolitano the place Stefan Savic yanked his hair.
Grealish isn’t any stranger to being on the receiving finish of some tough tackles and, in keeping with pal and former Aston Villa teammate Gabby Agbonlahor, the England worldwide advised him precisely what was stated throughout these heated exchanges final week.
Agbonlahor spoke to Grealish after that recreation, and advised the talkSPORT Breakfast present: “He stated that when he comes on he simply needs to play soccer after which he obtained kicked early doorways, didn’t he.
“Pep obtained concerned, and Jack stated the right-back and the centre-half have been saying to him ‘we’re going to get you subsequent week, we’re going to get you’.
“If I’m Pep now, I’m beginning Jack on that left and saying to him to play his stuff and don’t react, however wind them up.
“That right-back obtained wound up by nothing and Jack is excellent at doing that, winding gamers up.
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“If he does that tonight then Atletico Madrid could be down to ten men within the first half an hour.”
Agbonlahor added: “Jack is that decided to win the Champions League, to achieve success at Manchester City and to win trophies that in his thoughts, he’ll know to not react.
“He’s very intelligent in that respect.
“That’s what players have been doing for years. Simeone did it to David Beckham, didn’t he? If I’m Manchester City, I’d play on that and then try to get some of their players sent off.”
For Grealish, it’s been a tricky season since finishing his £100million transfer from Aston Villa.
In 32 appearances for City, the midfielder has scored 4 objectives and created three extra as he adapts to life underneath Guardiola.
But Agbonlahor insists Grealish is relishing his new environment.
“He loves it,” stated the talkSPORT pundit.
“He loves the competitors for locations, loves the element that Pep goes into along with his formations and if you’re at these huge, huge golf equipment, it’s so completely different.
“You’ve obtained 9 physios as a substitute of 4, you’ve obtained 12 masseurs as a substitute of six, everyone seems to be within the health club earlier than coaching, everyone seems to be getting a therapeutic massage earlier than coaching.
“Some of the golf equipment that I performed in, gamers are having a kick about or fun earlier than coaching, however at these golf equipment it’s completely different.
“They’re not messing around, they’re not late, they’re in the gym, getting massages and always preparing.”
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