Pep Guardiola will let players pick their own captain if Vincent Kompany is injured 4 years ago

Pep Guardiola will let players pick their own captain if Vincent Kompany is injured

He may not trust his players with a pepperoni pizza in front of them but Pep Guardiola has nothing but faith in his new charges' ability to pick a leader.

Vincent Kompany could well miss the start of the season as he is not yet fully fit and, if that is the case, Guardiola is refusing to pick a stand-in captain.

Instead, the new Manchester City manager has decided to let his new players make the call on who they want to lead them out for their Premier League opener.

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"It's for the players to decide, they have to choose the captain," said Guardiola. "I am not in the locker-room, the dressing-room, or their own meetings when they have to change something. They have to choose for themselves the best guy to represent them.

"We've only been together a few weeks or a month and they know each other better than me. It's their responsibility."

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City get their campaign underway at home to Sunderland on August 13 and Guardiola claims that he is not worried about any potential lack of reliable vice-captains as there are a number of experienced players at his disposal.

"Vincent won't play for two reasons: either because he's injured, which has happened to Vincent Kompany in the last two seasons, or because of my decision," Guardiola continued.

"It's not a big problem. I think there a lot of experienced people who can do it – Joe Hart, Yaya Toure, Pablo Zabaleta as well. Kun Aguero has been here a long time. So they have to decide who is the real captain for them."

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