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Guardiola explains important Grealish role

Pep Guardiola has explained the important role that Jack Grealish played in City’s Premier League draw with Southampton.

The England international operated as a false nine in our 1-1 stalemate at St Mary’s, featuring for the full 90 as we extended our unbeaten run to nine matches.]

Grealish has spent the majority of his debut season at City out wide but was brought into a central role on the south coast as Aymeric Laporte’s second half header earned a hard-earned point.

And reflecting on the result, Guardiola highlighted Grealish’s contribution to our overall performance.

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“At Aston Villa he played wide and after he moved wherever he wants and came inside. I think he’s the perfect player to play between the lines,” the City boss said.

“(He is) so aggressive, he made incredible runners, he dropped the Southampton team to the by line, his decision making is excellent.

“He had two almost clear chances to dribble and shoot that were blocked so I think he played really well.

“I was so satisfied today for the performance that Jack has done.”

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