|Desc||Manchester City struggled badly without the injured Aymeric Laporte during the first half of the season but, as manager Pep Guardiola acknowledged, things would have gone a lot worse without Eric Garcia. The Spaniard may have only just turned 19, but the Etihad outfit are ready to hand a new, improved contract to a centre-half that Guardiola has compared to Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets because of his desire to better understand the game and his role within it.|
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2019 06 06 Retrieve
[At Leicester he commanded the line, as he did last summer, by bossing around senior internationals like Otamendi and Kyle Walker. Asked about it afterwards, Garcia spoke as if it was the most normal thing in the world] I always say when we are on the pitch we are all the same team. I think if we speak to each other it is better for the team, because you try to help your team-mates and at the end that’s the most important thing. Obviously with the age there’s a lot of difference, but I just feel that I need to do it
[Garcia has said of his time training with Guardiola] I think that he helps me a lot every day. Every day is like if you go to school because you learn something different, so it’s good.
2020 01 06 Retrieve
[Eric Garcia says Manchester City will stick to their gameplan in the Carabao Cup semi-final at Manchester United despite being picked off on the counter-attack in last month’s derby] Obviously they are very dangerous on the counter-attack because they have really, really fast players. We need to try to avoid that because at the end it could be the key for the game. I think we need to play like we always play - trying to attack and playing very high. Recently we’ve been playing teams that really like the counter, especially United, so we need to be careful with the balls that we lose in every single area and try to avoid that and be secure at the back
[Garcia warn about the threat from Mason Greenwood, having come up against the 18-year-old in youth football] He’s a player that doesn’t even need a chance to score. He’s good with his left and right foot so he’s a player to look out for
2020 04 02 Retrieve
[The centre-back’s knowledge was further enhanced by his time in Barca’s famed La Masia youth academy before his switch to City, where he quickly moved up to the first team to learn from the man himself] The players I most remember watching growing up are (Carles) Puyol, (Gerard) Pique and (Javier) Mascherano when Pep was there. I was playing for Barca and when I was only 10 or 12, they were the three defenders I learned most from watching
[However, he is also mature and grounded away from the pitch, which is why Barca were so upset when he left in the summer of 2017. Garcia admits it was tough leaving the Spanish giants but he has no regrets about his decision] When I was at Barca I had the offer to come here – to start with the Under-18s and then they had a mini-plan for my future. At the end, I could train with the first team if everything was going right. It was a difficult decision for me to come here because I left my family, my friends, it’s a different country, a different language. But it’s going really well. I was lucky because I was in Barcelona and at Barcelona we played the same way. So, for me, it wasn’t like a big, big difference. Obviously, when [Pep] demands different things, it’s more or less the same.
[Garcia, though, admits that when he first moved up to join the first team, he was not sure he was ready for the challenge] Well, the first day, no. It was different because watching them on TV and then being lucky to train with them, it was like a shock for me the first time seeing Kevin (De Bruyne) or Sergio (Aguero) or David (Silva). Players that you have been watching for many years on the TV, winning trophies – and then training with them, I was so lucky. Every day is like a game now because they are friends and probably the best strikers in the world. So, for me, it is something that is incredible, because I’m still young and to train with them is incredible.
I just need to keep training hard to show the manager that anytime he needs me, I’m ready for it. Keep learning from them because they are the best players I could probably train with