Man City crash out of Champions League
Manchester City’s season drew to a close in rather disappointing fashion earlier this month.
After beating Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16 stage, City were drawn against Lyon in the quarter-finals.
Lyon finished the season 7th in Ligue 1 and looked to be the weakest side left in the tournament.
However, despite being clear favourites, Man City fell apart on the night and lost 3-1, crashing out at the last eight stage for a third successive year.
Zinchenko’s wife hits out at Guardiola
There were a number of reasons why Man City were unable to see off Lyon.
One of which looked to be Pep Guardiola’s tactical tweak of shifting to a back-five for the first 60 minutes of the game.
And one person who seemed to take real exception to this decision was the wife of City full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Speaking post-Lyon, the defender’s spouse stated that the loss was ‘completely Guardiola’s fault’:
“You saw what happened. I’m not a football player, not a coach, not a critic or an analyst. I understand that my opinion is not authoritative.
“Perhaps I have no right to say this, and perhaps Zinchenko will forbid me. But to put it mildly, in order not to swear, this is completely Guardiola’s fault.
“At such a crucial moment, using such an experimental tactic for City was a bummer. I have no right to criticise, but why play three central defenders? I simply have no words because to have such a line-up… look at the players City have, what a bench. Literally on a few clubs in the world can boast having such players at substitutes.”
Quotes via Goal.
Now, on Monday Zinchenko has released a statement addressing the above comments via his Instagram story.
In the statement, which cane be seen below, Zinchenko attempted to play down the comments as simply his wife’s emotions getting the better of her after suffering such a big loss:
I’m sure Guardiola has had bigger concerns over the years than what a player’s wife thinks of his tactics. As these things often do it blew up on social media and became bigger than it needed to be, so it makes sense for Zinchenko to address it https://t.co/mRPFDgxlYW
— Sam Lee (@SamLee) August 24, 2020