Keane: Manchester City players not good enough for Guardiola game plan

Keane: Manchester City players not good enough for Guardiola game plan


Irish great Roy Keane has slammed the quality of Manchester City’s squad, declaring many of the club’s players are not good enough for Pep Guardiola’s game style.

Since joining City, Guardiola has looked to put his stamp on the squad with free-flowing, possession-based tactics.

But results have been mixed, and the inconsistent form culminated in a round of 16 Champions League exit.

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City could not protect their 5-3 home lead, losing to AS Monaco 3-1 in Wednesday night’s second leg at Stade Louis II.

Former Manchester United great Keane, who now spends time as a media personality, says City’s Champions League disappointment will prompt a squad cull as well as new signings.

“I think where Pep wants to bring Man City, that’s competing in the Champions League and Premier League, he simply doesn’t have the player to do it,” Keane said on ITV Sport.

“The Man City players are just not good enough to get to that level.

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“You can’t compare where City are with Barcelona and Bayern Munich when he got to those clubs and I think this will confirm Pep’s thoughts from over the last few months.

“You need a big setback in a big game to confirm it and to say to the owners; we need to get four, five, six top quality players into the club.

“Otherwise when they are at this stage of the competition again next year, they are going to have exactly the same problems.”