Pep Guardiola surprisingly called a meeting on Friday ahead of Manchester City’s clash with Liverpool, in which all members of staff at the training ground including non-football staff were invited to attend, according to Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail.
Manchester City’s defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday appears to have severely dented the club’s hopes of retaining the Premier League crown for a second consecutive season, but the magnitude of the game itself was in no doubt for Pep Guardiola.
The Catalan boss took what was described as ‘an unusual step’ on Friday afternoon by conducting a speech in front of the whole club, including City’s non-football training ground staff. Guardiola stressed the importance of imposing themselves on Sunday, as well as the enormity of the occasion that loomed, according to the Daily Mail.
Meetings of this manner have been seen before during the Guardiola era, however have usually taken place towards the end of the season and after silverware hauls such as the domestic treble of 18/19 and the ‘Centurions‘ campaign of 17/18.
According to Jack Gaughan, the former Barcelona boss is keen to attempt different approaches in galvanising his team, spending less time on individual training with the club’s more established stars. This change in approach has come about since the start of last summer.
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