Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko has clarified his wife’s comments after she blasted coach Pep Guardiola for his tactics against Lyon.
Zinchenko’s 21-year-old wife Vlada Sedan, who is a sports presenter in her native Ukraine, took to her YouTunbe channel and joined many who hit out at the revered tactician’s substitutions during the 3-1 Champions League defeat to Lyon.
Guardiola’s changes ultimately didn’t work and he came under fire again when questions were asked of a man who has failed to conquer the continent since leading Barcelona to glory back in 2012.
Sedan said: “You saw what happened. I'm not a football player, not a coach, not a critic or an analyst. I understand that my opinion is not authoritative.
“Perhaps I have no right to say this, and perhaps Zinchenko will forbid me, but to put it mildly, in order not to swear, this is completely Guardiola's fault.
“At such a crucial moment, using such an experimental tactic for City was a bummer. I have no right to criticise, but why play three central defenders?
“I simply have no words because to have such a line-up. Look at the players City have, what a bench. Literally on a few clubs in the world can boast having such players at substitutes.”
Zinchenko clarifies wife’s comments on Guardiola
But her comments prompted the 23-year-old fullback to jump on his Instagram and clarify where they came from.
Zinchenko said the comments were coming from a fervent supporter of City who wanted to see the team succeed.
“Guys, I need to say a few things about this interview,” he wrote.
“First of all, I didn't say anything bad or judgmental about our tactics so don't confuse my words please. I was explaining that we as players understand the effects tactics have and how given we have such great experience, we can adapt to the tactics we are given.
“On the night we lost to Lyon that doesn't mean the manager was wrong to try. If you have seen my interviews in the past and the way how I talk about our manager then you can believe me. He is No 1.
“Second one about my wife. Although she is a journalist, she is also a fan. During the season she was travelling with us for all away and home games because she is a massive City fan! In the video you can see her emotions straight after the game and she gave an opinion like all fans do because she wanted us to do better.
“We totally understand now that she shouldn't post it in the social media because she is my wife but she was not trying to make a journalist's opinion of the manager of the team, she was simply reacting to her disappointment as a fan.
“I'm writing right now from my wedding and instead of enjoying that unbelievable moment. I have to do this because I can't leave it like that. I hope you understand.”
Despite Zinchenko’s statement, fans were torn to whether he needed to write one.
Why is it "unprofessional" for Zinchenko's partner - a national sports journalist in Ukraine who regularly covers football - to express an opinion about a high profile CL match? She made it clear it's her opinion. It's not his.— A Slight Return (@ASlightReturn1) August 24, 2020
Plus, she's right!
I’ve taken a pretty hard stance on the Zinchenko’s wife stuff. I understand people will say it’s ‘inappropriate’ for her to speak up but she literally goes everywhere with Zinchenko, home and away whether he plays or not.— Andy (@AndyP1693) August 24, 2020
I like Zinchenko. His wife was only saying what we were all thinking. Nice apology though.— Davy Grime (@DavyGrime) August 24, 2020
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