The final international break of 2019 is over and the boys have returned to the CFA ahead of a huge game against Chelsea in the Premier League. Manchester City currently sit in fourth place, behind this weekend’s opposition, and a win would mean the Blues leapfrog into second, dependent on Leicester’s result against Brighton.
Here’s what Pep Guardiola had to say about the game when he faced the media on Friday afternoon…
Pep Welcomes Back Jose
A familiar face is back in the Premier League, with Jose Mourinho appointed as the new Tottenham Hotspur manager, and Pep Guardiola knows his rival will do a great job:
“Welcome back, I am sure he will do a good job.
You know him better than me. He was many years here in different clubs. An incredible manager and I’m pretty sure he’ll do a good job. I was a little surprised with Mauricio because he had done an incredible job and the club was better.”
Guardiola Spoke With Sterling
The big story over the international break was the clash between Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez on international duty with England. Guardiola was asked whether he’s spoke with the winger about the incident on his return to the club:
“He is good. I spoke to him, he’s fine. He says Joe [Gomez] is an excellent guy and they have a good relationship.”
“He has been accused of something he’s not” – Pep on Bernardo’s ban
Bernardo Silva will be missing for the clash with Chelsea as he serves his one match ban following a tweet about team-mate Benjamin Mendy. Guardiola was asked for his opinions on the punishment:
“In that situation, the less important thing is we are going to miss him. He has been accused for something he is not. If they want to pick up someone to show something it was the right person…
He will be careful to use social media. If this can help to do a better society, ok. I’m pretty sure Bernardo accepts this punishment but he is not like he has been accused.”
Pep on Chelsea and Lampard
Guardiola and Lampard followed a similar path into management and have both gone on to manage the club they spent the majority of their playing years at. Guardiola admires the way the Chelsea manager has started at the club, and see’s similarities in their paths:
“In the last years, they have been an incredible team. Lampard is consistent in his ideas – the results are there. I’m happy for him. I don’t know him well, but I’ve got information of him here and he is an excellent person.
It is quite similar. It is too early. He has been a manager for a year and a half and I am a little longer because I am a little older but he has his future in his hands. Experience doesn’t count much…”
Pep compared his early days at Barcelona B to Lampard at Derby last season:
“Frank was similar at Derby. He didn’t take results and people said he didn’t have experience. When nobody trusts you it is perfect because you win every game – you cannot lose more. The problem is when you have won titles and nothing is enough…
In case for Frank, it is perfect, an ideal situation. At the big clubs you have incredible players so it is easier to do a good job in Chelsea or Barcelona than another club. If you work a lot and have patience, the results and success can come.”
Pep Guardiola provided his usual injury update on the squad following various international games. He first confirmed Ederson has been training in the past couple of days, and is expected to return on Saturday. Guardiola also stated that Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sané will be unavailable for a further two to three months as they continue to recover from knee injuries.
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