Manchester City’s 3-1 win away at Oxford in midweek set up not one, but two more dates with the devil – as the Blues are set to face Manchester United in the Carabao Cup semi-final. But before we can even think about that, there’s another huge game on the horizon, as Guardiola and co welcome second place Leicester City to the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola faced the media before this one, and here’s the main talking points…
Guardiola confirms Arteta to Arsenal
Pep Guardiola has today confirmed Mikel Arteta is in London to finalise the deal to confirm him as Arsenal boss. The rumours and reports look to finally be coming to a close, as the Spaniard is about to embark on his first managerial role in North London. Pep Guardiola said:
“Mikel’s in London and close to finishing the deal with Arsenal. It’s almost done. Yesterday and today he didn’t train and he’s going to Arsenal. I don’t know the last details of the contract but it’s there.”
The City manager has also confirmed there will be no new faces joining the club once Arteta departs, with his intention being to keep the same group that started the season:
“We will stay with the same people here. Now we don’t add, we can go with the people we have here.”
He also wished his colleague all the best and has no doubts he will do a great job at the Emirates Stadium:
“He decided to move there. You cannot stop it, follow your dreams and Arsenal was a big part of his career. We wish him all the best I’m pretty sure he will do a great job.”
Guardiola has stated both Sergio Agüero and John Stones have been training with the squad in the past couple of days, and could be in contention for the Leicester fixture. However, David Silva remains out with the knee problem he picked up in the Manchester derby.
Pep on Leicester
The last time Leicester visited the Etihad was… eventful to say the least. Vincent Kompany’s 30-yard rocket late in the game sent Manchester City on their way to their fourth Premier League title. But Guardiola believes since then, apart from the loss of Harry Maguire to Manchester United, not much has changed:
“They have a lot of quality and they play good and control all departments of the game. A fantastic team and last season, I thought they would be fighting for the top four and the year.”
The focus on managers sharper than ever
With the constant coverage of the Premier League, the demand placed upon the managers has constantly increased. Guardiola himself has been under pressure to succeed in Europe whilst he’s in charge of the Blues. But the boss feels it’s the same for managers all over the world:
“Before it always happened around the world but not this country. The clubs and the owners pay a lot of revenue. People are more impatient and they want results quick. It is what it is, it’s life.
It’s normal. A consequence, before just one camera was easier but it’s different and it’s changed a lot.”
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