Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pulis: Pep's Right Not to Teach Players How to Tackle in Training

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pulis: Pep's Right Not to Teach Players How to Tackle in Training

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TONY Pulis has defended Pep Guardiola's assertion that he does not coach his players how to tackle, saying he also does not work on that aspect of the game with his players.

The West Brom manager has built a career on coaching combative, physical teams, and he backed the City boss, who was dismissive of his side's failure to win any tackles during the first half of their 4-2 capitulation at Leicester on Saturday.

Guardiola was asked about his team's poor tackling and replied: "It's typical here in England when they use a lot about the tackles. I'm not a coach for the tackles, so I don't train the tackles.

"What I want is to try to play good, score goals, arrive more.

"Yeah it's another aspect of the football but we're not going to win or lose for the tackles. …

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