After a stunning 3-0 win at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, attentions now turn to the Carabao Cup and the quarter-final clash against Oxford United. Pep Guardiola’s side played the same opposition, in the same competition last season, where Phil Foden scored his first ever Manchester City goal.
Here’s a complete round-up of events as Pep Guardiola addressed the press ahead of this one…
Mikel Arteta Update
Until either Arsenal appoint someone different, or Mikel Arteta does indeed make the switch to North London, rumours will continue to rage on surrounding the transfer. Pep Guardiola was unsurprisingly questioned on his number two’s future.
The first thing he confirmed was that the Spaniard is part of the travelling squad to Oxford, and has continued to train the first-team. But he did also mention that talks are ongoing with Arsenal:
“He’s talking with Arsenal, so I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Guardiola was also aware of meetings between Arteta and Arsenal chiefs on Sunday night, and believes Manchester City were smart to bring him into the management team when they did.
“We were so smart to pick him up and the other clubs missed it. He’s an incredible person, good manager. Work ethic. That’s why he is what he is.
The organisation is always alive. Now he is part of our group and staff and he is here. When we have new news, I will know and you will know. Now he is here, tomorrow travelling. He trained today and that’s all.”
Champions League draw reaction
Manchester City learned that they will face European giants Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League on Monday morning. City haven’t faced the Spanish side in this competition since they knocked out the Blues in the Semi-finals back in 2016. Pep Guardiola provided his thoughts:
“It’s an incredible test for us. They are the kings of this competition and we will prepare as best as possible.We have to see in February what our condition is and what Madrid’s condition is. We’ll try and play a good two legs.”
It’s positive we are in the best 16 teams in Europe that’s good news. Every team wants to go through and do better. If you want to do well you have to face these types of teams. It’s an incredible experience to face them.”
He was also full of praise for the man in charge of Los Blancos, Zinedine Zidane:
“I didn’t speak much with him – three or four times. But my first impression is that he’s an incredible person. I admire him and it’s really good that this type of person is in football and it will be a pleasure to see him again.”
Sané back on the pitch
Leroy Sané gave Manchester City fans an update on Instagram yesterday, as he continues his recovery from the knee injury he sustained back in August. The update was a positive one, and the German is back doing some light work back on the pitch. Guardiola confirmed this was true and is delighted for him.
Guardiola gives El Classico prediction
This week, Pep Guardiola’s old side Barcelona take on Real Madrid, in one of the most hotly-contested games in Europe. Guardiola hopes he can find time after Manchester City’s game against Oxford to watch the team he is set to face in the Champions League:
“Both teams are in a good moment. I saw highlights. They arrive in a good moment and the team that plays at home has a little bit of advantage.
We cannot watch because we have a game but if I have time I will watch because of Madrid.”
Guardiola on Oxford
Manchester City’s opponents are a familiar face, after the tense battle at the Kassam Stadium last season. Guardiola was asked to provide his thoughts on the game and how the opposition may set-up:
“They’ve changed a little bit [compared to] the way they played last season. It’s one game away, anything can happen. We will try to go there and win.”
Guardiola on Serie A racism campaign
Something that has been of much discussion in recent days has been the campaign by the Serie A against the racism in their league. In this campaign, the league have used monkeys as the images, sparking furious debate on social media. Guardiola, however, hasn’t had chance to see these images:
“I didn’t know about that. Everything is going to happen and to fight against that, you have to fight against it in a positive way!”
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