Pep Guardiola has revealed that Ferran Torres’ form suffered when the Manchester City forward became ‘upset by the world’ but after changing his mind the Spaniard returned to his best.
After being signed last summer for € 27million (£ 24.5million) from Valencia, Torres has scored in each of his first three Champions League appearances but struggled to secure a regular starting place. Still, in Friday’s 4-3 win at Newcastle, Torres scored a hat-trick and has 13 goals in his first campaign for the club. Guardiola has been asked if he can’t wait to see how Torres can improve next season.
“The players, like the teams, are not in a stable situation. There are ups and downs with all the players, ”said the manager. “Ferran was in an incredible mood when he arrived [then] in a sad time, upset by the world, with many situations and that is why he did not play well. When he changed his mind and was open and started smiling again – he was still playing well.
“Football depends on the mood, on the confidence of the players. We try to help them but it depends on them. You can complain or come forward all the time. And you guys who come forward and are positive, football always rewards you. When you start complaining all the time… other guys will take your position. Football doesn’t wait. If you are not at the right time, there will be another guy who will take your position. When you are positive you are always playing well. “
After City third-choice goalkeeper Scott Carson played at Newcastle, Guardiola confirmed that his number 1 Ederson will face Brighton and Everton in the last two league games ahead of the Champions League final against Chelsea on Saturday week.
Kevin De Bruyne could be available after returning to training in the last two days. Guardiola was asked about the Belgian’s prospects of being in the starting XI to face Chelsea. “Kevin is important like everyone else,” said the manager. “We will see what his level is, he is in good shape and ready to play.”