Pep Guardiola Reveals What He Said To The Man City Ball Boy

Heartwarming... ish

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Midway through the first half of Manchester City's game against Crystal Palace, manager Pep Guardiola was seen having an in-depth discussion with the ball boy on the side-lines.

Whatever was said, it seemed like a good move. At the time City were locked in a stalemate, but they went on to demolish the South London club 5-0. It's no stretch to think that the chat was a tactical one – Pep's famous for obsessing over every small detail, after all.

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And now, speaking to Spanish newspaper SPORT, the City boss revealed that he was offering some friendly criticism to the youngster.

"If you analyse 30 minutes in the first half, we were not ready to be there," he said.

"Maybe over 90 minutes you cannot be there all the time. But it was slow. If there was a foul, no-one went to take the ball and start to play. There was five, ten seconds before someone goes to take the ball and start to play. When this happens everything is slow.

"So the ball boys were slow, everybody was slow. And we have to create in the game, to provoke the game. And we didn't for most of the time in the first half. In the second half, you could see immediately that the team was ready."

Ahh, heart-warming. Ish.