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Zinchenko forced to issue statement on wedding day admitting wife Vlada Sedan was wrong to slam Pep Guardiola’s tactics

OLEKSANDR ZINCHENKO has been forced to issue a statement on his own WEDDING DAY admitting new wife Vlada Sedan was wrong to slam Pep Guardiola’s tactics.

The sports reporter wag joined Guardiola’s growing number of critics following Manchester City’s shock Champions League exit earlier this month.

Sedan slated Guardiola for ditching his normal back-four to trial a back-three in such an important game.

It also meant hubby Zinchenko was left on the bench for the full 90 minutes.

Speaking on her YouTube channel, Sedan had said: “To put it mildly, and in order not to swear, this is completely Guardiola’s fault.

“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.”

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.

Zinchenko broke off from his wedding today to issue a statement on his and his new wife’s behalf apologising for her reaction to the 3-1 defeat to Lyon.

It read: “Although my wife is a journalist, she is also a fan.

“During the 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 not trying to make a journalist’s opinion on the manager.

“She was simply reacting to the 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.”

Zinchenko also apologised for his own comments – after suggesting City were too “static” with “five players out the game” because of Guardiola’s tactics.

In his statement, he wrote: “I didn’t say anything bad or judgmental so don’t confuse my words please.

“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 I talk about our manager then you can believe me… he is No1.”

Zinchenko proposed to Sedan inside the 70,000-capacity Olympic Stadium in Kiev last year in front of a heart-shaped display of red roses.

It came after the 23-year-old celebrated Ukraine’s qualification for the now-postponed Euro 2020.

Now, just under a year later, the pair are married, with Sedan posting a sweet picture on her Instagram.

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