Kalvin Phillips is set to start in a Manchester City shirt for the first time
days later beat Chelsea 4-0 in the FA Cupoh Manchester City returns to the field this Wednesday (11), for the English League Cupface the Southampton, through to the quarter-finals. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN on Star+ from 5 p.m..
For the duel for the English League Cup, Manchester City should have a novelty in their starting lineup. According to information from the English press, Kalvin Phillips set to start in Pep Guardiola’s starting XI for the first time.
Signed seven months ago, the midfielder cost 42 million pounds (267 million reais) in the City’s coffers after negotiations with Leeds United. The England midfielder arrived at the club with high expectations and the responsibility to replace Fernandinho.
The club idol has announced his departure from Manchester City in April 2022, forcing the English side to chase a worthy replacement. But, so far, Philipps has still failed to deliver the expected return.
Unable to stand out under Guardiola, Philipps was still publicly criticized by the Spain manager after reappearing overweight after going to the World Cup with the England national team.
“He is not injured. He arrived overweight. I do not know why). He didn’t arrive in the conditions to train and play,” Guardiola said.
It’s worth mentioning that in September 2022, Philipps suffered a shoulder injury, had to undergo surgery and even risked a trip to the World Cup, missing City for the rest of the year.
Guardiola has made it clear in recent statements that midfielder Rodri, the team’s starter, won’t be able to play every minute. With that, the Spaniard hinted that Phillips could finally start a game as a starter under him.
“I had the feeling last week that he was back. It will be a good lesson for him in the future. I think a footballer has to be perfect for 12 months. Even on vacation, you have to be perfect,” he said. the Spaniard.
“You can enjoy it, do whatever you want, but you have to be ready because football at this level is very demanding. You have to play every three days, you have to be in good shape. he progressed,” he concluded.
This year, Phillips has taken the field in both wins over the chelseaby 1 to 0 and by 4 to 0, respectively, and played in total for 36 minutes.
Where to watch Southampton v Manchester City?
City face Southampton, for the quarter-finals of the English League Cup, this Wednesday (11), at 5 p.m., with broadcast live on ESPN on Star+