Kalvin Phillips must be ‘perfect’ all year after being dropped, says Guardiola | Manchester City

Pep Guardiola believes that dropping Kalvin Phillips for being “overweight” has taught the Manchester City midfielder a valuable lesson – that he has to be “perfect” all year.

Phillips returned from the World Cup in a condition unacceptable to the manager and was left out of City’s 3-2 Carabao Cup win over Liverpool on 22 December. Phillips, a £42m summer signing, was back in the squad for the 3-1 Premier League victory at Leeds six days later.

Guardiola said the 27-year-old had acted in a positive way to being excluded. “He wants to change,” the City manager said. “It…

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