Peterborough v Man City: Guardiola tells £100m City star Grealish to stop worrying about the stats
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Jack Grealish needs to stop concerning himself with statistics and public opinion and focus purely on his contribution to Manchester City, says Pep Guardiola.
City forked out a reported £100million fee to land attacking midfielder Grealish from Aston Villa in August.
Grealish has managed three goals and three assists from 25 games across all competitions, numbers the England international himself recently suggested do not back up his own personal feeling that Guardiola has improved him as a footballer.
But the City boss says Grealish should take a step back from being too enamoured by the statistics alone.
"Maybe he's wrong. Maybe he listens too much to what people say. It's wrong but the statistics are better and he plays quite similar to Aston Villa in terms of ball contact," Guardiola said.
"He had the chances against Crystal Palace in 20 minutes to score three goals. It didn't happen but it's going to happen.
"We didn't buy him to score 45 goals. He doesn't have that quality he has another one."
Grealish has missed the past three weeks with a shin problem but is in contention to face Peterborough United in the FA Cup fifth round on Tuesday.
Guardiola is of the opinion that Grealish is not alone in focusing too much on the hard numbers.
"Always we talk about the statistics – the players today play for the statistics but this is the biggest mistake they can do," he added.
"We're involved in that. Statistics are just a bit of information that we have but there are players that make the team play good and they are not into statistics. But the players say how many goals I score or how many assists or...
"With these kinds of situation, they forget everything. Statistics never existed before. It's how you play today if you perform to your maximum, to your best, help your team-mates to make the process defensively and offensively better – it's enough. Thanks to that we are going to win.
"Everyone has agents and managers and everything and say what they have to do better and they listen to a lot of things about what they have to do.
"He's playing good. I would tell him – I wouldn't tell you – if he's not playing good, but that's not the case."
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