What Atletico Madrid players said to Jack Grealish during Man City’s Champions League clash revealed, as Gabby Agbonlahor says £100m star is ‘loving’ life under Pep Guardiola April 13, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer

Atletico Madrid players threatened Jack Grealish by saying ‘we’re going to get you’ ahead of Manchester City’s return Champions League trip to Spain.

Pep Guardiola’s side beat the Spanish champions 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium last week, with a goalles draw in the second leg being enough to secure their spot in the next round.

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Grealish was on the receiving end of some tough love from the Atletico team

City’s £100million man Grealish changed the game when he came off the bench during that first-leg win and ruffled some feathers in Diego Simeone’s side, leading to some strong challenges and handbags following his introduction.

And despite the fact that he was an unused substitute in Spain, Grealish was still the target of a late mass brawl that broke out at the Wanda Metropolitano where Stefan Savic yanked his hair.

Grealish is no stranger to being on the receiving end of some rough tackles and, according to friend and former Aston Villa teammate Gabby Agbonlahor, the England international told him exactly what was said during those heated exchanges last week.

Agbonlahor spoke to Grealish after that game, and told the talkSPORT Breakfast show: “He said that when he comes on he just wants to play football and then he got kicked early doors, didn’t he.

“Pep got involved, and Jack said the right-back and the centre-half were saying to him ‘we’re going to get you next week, we’re going to get you’.

“If I’m Pep now, I’m starting Jack on that left and saying to him to play his stuff and don’t react, but wind them up.

“That right-back got wound up by nothing and Jack is very good at doing that, winding players up.


Guardiola had to ensure Grealish didn’t retaliate

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Guardiola had to ensure Grealish didn’t retaliate

“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 determined to win the Champions League, to be successful at Manchester City and to win trophies that in his mind, he’ll know not to react.

“He’s very clever 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.”

Grealish has enjoyed his introduction to life at City, according to Agbonlahor

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Grealish has enjoyed his introduction to life at City, according to Agbonlahor

For Grealish, it’s been a tough season since completing his £100million move from Aston Villa.

In 32 appearances for City, the midfielder has scored four goals and created three more as he adapts to life under Guardiola.

But Agbonlahor insists Grealish is relishing his new surroundings.

“He loves it,” said the talkSPORT pundit.

“He loves the competition for places, loves the detail that Pep goes into with his formations and when you’re at these big, big clubs, it’s so different.

Grealish has endured a mixed time since moving to City

Grealish has endured a mixed time since moving to City

“You’ve got nine physios instead of four, you’ve got 12 masseurs instead of six, everyone is in the gym before training, everyone is getting a massage before training.

“Some of the clubs that I played in, players are having a kick about or a laugh before training, but at these clubs it’s different.

“They’re not messing around, they’re not late, they’re in the gym, getting massages and always preparing.”

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