Man City left back Oleksandr Zinchenko distances himself from his OWN WIFE saying their Champions League failure is ‘completely Pep Guardiola’s fault’… and says backlash is ruining his WEDDING!
- Oleksander Zinchenko released a statement addressing his wife’s comments
- Man City star’s partner blamed their Champions League exit on Pep Guardiola
- Zinchenko appeared to back her up by talking about Guardiola tactical decisions
- The 23-year-old said the backlash has ruined his wedding to his TV reporter wife
Manchester City star Oleksandr Zinchenko has distanced himself from his wife’s comments that their failure to win the Champions League was Pep Guardiola‘s fault – and says that the backlash is ruining their wedding.
City were one of the heavy favourites to win the competition last season but were knocked out in the quarter-final by Lyon before Bayern Munich were crowned the eventual champions.
Zinchenko’s wife Vlada Sedan, who works as a TV reporter, hit out at Guardiola in extraordinary fashion following City’s 3-1 loss against Lyon.
Oleksandr Zinchenko has distanced himself from his wife’s comments about Pep Guardiola
City left back received backlash for wife’s comments about their Champions League failure
Zinchenko’s partner said City’s Champions League exit was ‘completely Guardiola’s fault’
Ukraine star moved to clarify his standpoint and her comments with a statement
‘Perhaps I have no right to say this, perhaps Zinchenko will forbid me. But to put it mildly, and in order not to swear, this is completely Guardiola’s fault,’ she said.
‘At such a crucial moment, making such an experimental tactic for Man City is a bummer.
‘I have no right to criticise, but why play three central defenders when the players themselves take their heads.
‘I simply have no words, because to have such a line-up… look what players play at Man City, what a bench. Literally few clubs in the world can boast such reserves.’
Ukraine international Zinchenko had revealed to his partner on her YouTube channel that Guardiola didn’t say a word to his players after their surprise loss to underdogs Lyon and appeared to back up her views by talking about tactical decisions his manager had taken.
However, he has since moved to clarify his standpoint and the controversial comments made from his partner after being criticised by fans.
In a statement, he said: ‘Guys, I need to say a few things about this interview. First of all, I didn’t say anything bad or judgmental about our tactics so don’t confuse my words please.
Zinchenko’s partner, Vlada Sedan (right), works as a Ukrainian TV reporter
Zinchenko appeared to back up his wife on her YouTube channel by talking about tactics
Sedan pictured with City manager Guardiola last year outside their training facilities
‘I was explaining that we as players understand the effect tactics have and how given we have such great experience, we can adapt to the tactics we are given. On the night we lost to Lyon but that doesn’t mean the manager was wrong to try. If you have seen my interviews in the past and the way how I talk about our manager then you can believe me. He is number one.
‘Second one about my wife. Although she is a journalist, she is also a fan. During the whole season she was travelling with us for all away and home games because she is a massive City fan! In the video you can see her emotions straight after the game and she gave an opinion like all fans do because she wanted us to do better.
‘We totally understand now that she shouldn’t post it on social media because she is my wife but she was now trying to make a journalist’s opinion on the manager of the team, she was simply reacting to her disappointment as a fan.
‘I’m writing right now from my wedding and instead of enjoying that unbelievable moment I have to do this because I can’t skip it and leave it like that. I hope you understand.’
The situation has put Zinchenko in a difficult position with boss Guardiola and has raised questions about his future at the club. The 23-year-old struggled with fitness issues last season and was used sparingly, making just 25 appearances in all competitions.
City were dumped out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage by Lyon
The situation has put Zinchenko is a difficult position with manager Guardiola