Spanish left-back Angelino claims that Pep Guardiola, his boss at Manchester City, “killed” his confidence, despite still having learned a lot during his time at the club.
Angelino Lost Confidence After Lack of Chances Under Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola ‘Killed’ Angelino’s Confidence at Manchester City
Angelino arrived in Manchester in 2013, first playing in the youth set-up. The 16-year-old then developed his trade on loan to New York City, Mallorca and NAC Breda in the Eredivisie.
It was in the Netherlands that Angelino impressed enough to secure a five-year contract with PSV Eindhoven, moving away from Manchester City.
City’s buy-back clause meant that Angelino was granted a return to Manchester in 2019. He would only go on to make six appearances in the Premier League.
He said: “I had a rest when I was with Pep for six months, that was enough,”
“I don’t want it again. That’s why I want to be on the pitch. I don’t like being out. I am thankful that I get to play most of the time. I had enough holidays.”
“It killed me…the confidence was everything, when you don’t have the trust of a coach it is everything.
“I was judged for pre-season, two games, and then I didn’t get my chance until a few months. It is hard to play one game every two months so I am just happy that happened so I could come here and meet Julian and everyone here.
“It was a 50/50 experience. On one side I really learned a lot from Pep, he improved me as a player on the pitch and I have to be thankful also for the experience.
“On the other side I didn’t play as much as I wanted to or I deserved.”
Grass Greener at RB Leipzig
Earlier this month Angelino signed a four-year contract with RB Leipzig, after an impressive loan spell.
He has made 31 appearances, scoring eight goals and racking up 11 assists across domestic and European football.
Angelino is building on his previous season at the club to kick on and put his confidence issues in the past.