Guardiola hails ‘grumpy’ De Bruyne but says Phillips not ‘in best condition’

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  • Belgian showed ‘the right fire’ in win over Liverpool – Guardiola
  • Manager says Phillips ‘not fit’ after returning from World Cup

Pep Guardiola praised the “grumpy” Kevin De Bruyne but said Kalvin Phillips’s post-World Cup condition ruled him out of Manchester City’s Carabao Cup victory over Liverpool.

De Bruyne created Erling Haaland’s opener and Nathan Aké’s winner yet Guardiola stated that Phillips had arrived unfit following a break after participating at Qatar 2022 with England.

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Written by Jamie Jackson at the Etihad Stadium
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