• Colin Cranmer

"He will be back with the squad tomorrow..." - Pep Guardiola pre Chelsea Press Conference

Pep Guardiola spoke to the press ahead of Manchester City's Carabao Cup third round tie against last season's finalists Chelsea on Wednesday at the Etihad. The City boss discussed the fitness of Saturday's match winning hero Erling Haaland, as well as how the blues are going to act in the January transfer window, and if Kalvin Phillips could make his return on Wednesday night.



 

Squad availability:

"I don't decide [yet], we have training this afternoon. We have time until tomorrow night. The coaches prepare the game to win the game. Performance as good as possible."

Carabao Cup fourth round would be first game back after World Cup:

"The Premier League exists to support the academy, always thinking about the future of English football..."

Chelsea tomorrow:

"The approach is to win the game and do the performance as good as possible. We have sold out the stadium."

City's financial report was good:

"I'm not involved in that. Ferran Soriano is the boss."
"We're not going to sign anyone in January. We [will] have the [same] squad."

And the selling of Liverpool, for some reason:

"I'm not the right person to ask, or the right person to answer. I cannot answer, I'm not involved, I'm not the CEO. I try to manage. I'm not going to talk about other clubs..."


Norway friendlies soon, Erling Haaland:

"He's not perfect still. We'll see tomorrow [if he's available to start]. Important is the bone is not broken. Just ligament damage a little bit. Not perfect right now. A week, ten days, see what happens. If he feels good, he plays [for the Norway] national team. So important for players..."

Kalvin Phillips and Kyle Walker:

"He [Kalvin Phillips] will be with the squad [tomorrow], yeah."
"No. [Kyle Walker won't play]."
"Ask Gareth [Southgate] [about the England squad]. They are communicating with the physios for England. Part of that I cannot answer."
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RB Leipzig awaits in the Champions League:

"We have experience from last season [against RB Leipzig], [we] struggle a lot, score a lot, but concede a lot. We lost there. We see what happens when we arrive in February. Huge respect what they have done in German football, young team with a clear philosophy, box to box, an experienced manager [in Marco Rose]."
"Champions League last sixteen, you can ask me for them or Inter Milan or [AC] Milan or PSG, all the teams are really strong. After the World Cup, how we will feel in the moment. If we play next week I tell you the position we are in and they are in. But in February many things can happen."


 

Written by: @coIgcra


Some quotes as quoted by Manchester Evening News and Manchester City.


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