What Pep Guardiola told a Man City ball boy

The coach spoke to one of the kids during the game against Crystal Palace

Man City won 5-0 against Hodgson's men

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Pep Guardiola had a word with a Man City ball-boy during their 5-0 win over Crystal Palace at the weekend.

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He was asked by journalists what he told the young boy, and Pep revealed he had given some tactical advice to try and speed the play up.

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

"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.

"We started well but after that we forgot that the ball should be moved. And the first half the ball was at the players' feet; it's not good.

"There were too many touches. When that happens everything is slow and our rhythm is slow and concede counter attacks and anything can happen. But in the second half we had tempo, patience and attacked quick."



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