Manchester City winger Nolito has revealed the amusing reason why he couldn't understand what Pep Guardiola was saying to his players following the 4-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League.
Guardiola was subjected to the joint-heaviest defeat of his entire managerial career on his latest return to the Nou Camp, thanks to a hat-trick from Lionel Messi and a brilliant solo effort from Neymar.
Nolito has admitted that his manager went on a rant in the dressing room after the game, but when asked by Spanish television about what the 45-year-old coach said, the Spain international explained why he didn't have a clue.
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According to Nolito, his lack of understanding of the English language is poor and, as a result, he struggled to really take on board Guardiola's words.
He told El Chiringuito, via The Independent: "With my English I'm still a little bad. So I've not really understood much of what Pep has said (to the team) after the game."
The 30-year-old added: "(It was) a hard game, but we have to move on. They didn't deserve to win 4-0."
Nolito started on the left-wing for City and although he created a few decent moments in the final third, it was a disappointing night for him overall.
The wiley forward's evening presumably ended way ahead of schedule in the 57th minute thanks to Claudio Bravo's massive error and subsequent red card. It resulted in Nolito being the outfield player sacrificed in order for City to bring on Willy Caballero in goal.
Nolito adjusting to life in England
Having started his career at Barcelona before establishing himself as a star with his last club Celta Vigo, Man City is the first team he's played for outside of his Spain or Portugal, and clearly, he is still adapting and trying to learn the language.
On the pitch, he has made a very good start to the season, scoring five goals in nine games, including the accurate header which rescued a point for City in their last Premier League game against Everton.
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