Kalvin Phillips is determined to over come a tough first season with Manchester City.
The England international struggled to get going at City in his debut season. Injuries, a weight issue post the World Cup and struggling to adapt to Pep Guardiola’s demands curtailed his first season at City.
But Phillips is determined to make an impression next season. Speaking with BBC he went into detail about his tough first season: “The first season is always difficult but hopefully next season will be better for me.”
The City midfielder sought advice from teammates about how tough the first season can be under Guardiola. He added: ” I spoke to quite a few of the lads there about their first season at City and how difficult they found it. They said it takes at least 12 months for somebody to really understand what the manager wants you do and how he wants you to work.”
Phillips also addressed Guardiola’s comments on his weight post the World Cup. He spoke of the challenges he faced after Pep’s criticism: It was probably a little hard to take because of how many people were talking about it.”
He explained further: “The manager made his comments and I respected them. For me, I wasn’t overweight, but the manager has seen it very differently.”
“I did my best to try and get as fit as possible and I was on the bench for the Leeds game straight after that and I was fit every game since.” City’s midfielder added.
A fit and determined Kalvin Phillips would be a strong addition to the champion’s squad. After such an interrupted and challenging first season, Phillips could be set for a breakout season in his second season with Manchester City.