Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies has gracefully addressed the recent comments made by Manchester United’s head coach, Erik ten Hag, ahead of their Champions League face-off last month.
When United took on Bayern at the Allianz Arena, Ten Hag, in his interview with MUTV, highlighted his tactical choice, saying: “Today, I think tactically it fits very good because Davies is very offensive. He’s got a lot of speed, and Pellistri can match that. Davies is not a great defender and his dribbling, so yeah, a good game for it.”
Davies, a key player in Bayern’s defensive line-up, not only proved his prowess on the pitch during that game but also demonstrated his maturity when asked about the United manager’s critique.
When ESPN’s Archie Rhind-Tutt broached the topic, the Canadian international responded, “I think as a coach, he said it to motivate his players and I’m not sure what he saw but I’m not here to say he was wrong.”
He continued, reflecting on his performance, “I do have a lot of good defensive ability and I showed that during the game. It was actually after the game that I saw the interview, but at the end of the day all that matters is I did my job on the pitch and we got the three points.”
When probed if such remarks fuel his drive on the field, Davies simply stated, “It doesn’t really hype me, I just have to go out there and play my game. I don’t let criticism and what people say get to me.”
The two football giants are slated for another showdown in the Champions League on December 12.