Kalvin Phillips opens up about the impact of Pep Guardiola’s comment on his career

Phillips reflects on his stint at Manchester City, where he had limited playing time and faced public criticism from Guardiola for being "overweight" after the Qatar World Cup.

Kalvin Phillips Opens Up About Pep Words Towards Him
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Phillips, during his tenure at City, played a peripheral role, featuring in only 31 matches for the triumphant team, with a mere two starts in the Premier League. He has now disclosed his most challenging moment at the club, which occurred when Guardiola publicly asserted that he couldn’t train due to returning from the Qatar World Cup “overweight,” a statement that deeply affected both Phillips and his family.

Speaking to The Times, he shared, “After the World Cup was probably the toughest [moment], when Pep came out and said I was overweight. He was right to do so, but there are different ways to go about it. I did not disagree with him, but obviously I took a big knock on my confidence and how I felt at City. And my family were not happy about it either, especially my mum.”

He further revealed, “She got frustrated when I was at City, she didn’t come to watch as much.”

Phillips recently secured a loan move to West Ham in January and has already appeared twice. However, his debut with the Hammers was marred by a regrettable error that led to a goal within two minutes.

West Ham’s upcoming match against Arsenal on Sunday provides Phillips with an opportunity to leave a positive impression. They then encounter Nottingham Forest in the Premier League the following weekend.

Kalvin Phillips

Kalvin Phillips

Defender, Midfielder


Age: 29

179 cm

72 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 8 18 Missed
Minutes 290 36.3 Avg
Goals 0 0.0 Avg
Assist 0 0.0 Avg
Attempt 8 1.0 Avg
Passes 169 21.185.0% AvgSucc
Yellow 2 0.3 Avg
Red 1 0.1 Avg

This season he played in total 6 times for 175 minutes for Premier League.

Kalvin Phillips didn’t score any goal for West Ham United. He procured no assists. He received no yellow cards and no red cards.

His team is currently 8th in Premier League. In the last match West Ham United lost 3-0 against Manchester United.

West Ham United performance and stats

West Ham United

Manager: David Moyes
Rank 8th
Win 11
Draw 6
Loss 9
Goals 40-46
Diff -6
Rank 1st
Win 5
Draw 0
Loss 1
Goals 10-4
Diff 6

West Ham United is currently 8th in the Premier League with 36 points.

In the last 23 games, it has won 10 times, drawn 6 times, and lost 7 times. In its last match, West Ham United lost 3-0 against Manchester United.​​

It has a even goal difference after scoring 36 goals and conceding 36.​

West Ham United will play the next match in Premier League against Arsenal on Sunday 11th of February in London. The prediction is Arsenal winning the match.​

Manchester City performance and stats

Manchester City

Manager: Josep Guardiola i Sala
Rank 2nd
Win 18
Draw 5
Loss 3
Goals 59-26
Diff 33

Manchester City is currently 1st in the Champions League with 18 points.

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 18 goals and conceding 7.​

Manchester City will play the next match in Champions League against FC Copenhagen on Tuesday 13th of February in København. The prediction is Manchester City winning the match.​