• Colin Cranmer

"It's historic, I like to play in winter time" - Pep Guardiola pre Wolves Press Conference

Pep Guardiola's third press conference of the past seven days was to preview the first home game of the past seven days - with Wolves visiting the Etihad Stadium this Saturday. The big boss spoke about the visiting team, the winter schedule in England - and didn't speak about Erling Haaland.



Pep on Phil Foden and Nathan Ake's availability:

"Phil Foden still has niggle but every time he plays he will get better and better. He will say how he feels. Knowing Phil he'll want to be there for us so we'll see, game-by-game."
"We will assess [Foden and Ake] this afternoon at training."

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Not much to say when asked about Erling Haaland:

"Next question. Don't ask me about that, I'm not going to answer."

Pep on the opposition:

"Wolves are having an incredible season so far. But at the same time we are in a good position to continue our run in the Premier League."
"They scored 12 goals and conceded 13 and are so stable. They played more between the lines last season, it was always tough in last years when we faced Wolves and tomorrow will be no exception."
"When you have played 15 games and you can take a look at goals scored, goals conceded - their balance is stable, few on both sides. Always when we face Wolves it has been a tight game. They have structure, pace up front and good character."

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The winter schedule in England:

"It's historic, I like to play in winter time. My words won't change anything. When we play with two days of rest between games, same for last 30-40 years. But we play and pray players don't get injured."

New York City reaching the MLS Cup final:

"Big congratulations to them. It's good for this brand, for the city of New York - we wish them all the best from #ManCity. They are part of our family."

And Covid:

"The concern about the pandemic is here and we still follow all the protocols."



Written by: @coigcra


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


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