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Angelino better off at Leipzig: “Guardiola killed my self-confidence”

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Former Manchester City defender Angelino spoke about his struggles with Pep Guardiola and his current situation in Germany.

Spanish left-back Angelino started his career at Manchester City but failed to impress Pep Guardiola. The player was sent off on successive loans to Spain and the Netherlands and only featured on 15 matches for the Citizens on a senior level.

Despite his successful loan at PSV, Angelino didn’t get a lot of chances in Manchester. In fact, the left-back ended up being loaned out to RB Leipzig and believes Pep Guardiola is to blame for his lack of opportunities.

“Pep has killed me and my self-confidence,” said the Spaniard. “After my move from Eindhoven back to City, he had already judged me on two pre-season games and then didn’t give me a real chance again. 

“So I was happy that I moved to Leipzig and that I am now an integral part of the club.”

Additionally, Angelino was asked about the differences between Pep Guardiola and Julian Nagelsmann, Leipzig’s current manager. According to the 24-year-old, there is one major difference that allowed him to flourish in Germany.

“One of them gave me confidence and let me play. The other one just didn’t. In Leipzig, I felt trust from day one. The club and the coach gave me an incredible push. I am now happy to be able to play consistently in Leipzig.”

Angelino has featured on 31 occasions for the Bundesliga side this season, scoring eight goals and providing 11 assists. Therefore, Leipzig decided to trigger their buying option and sign the Spaniard on a permanent level for €18 million.