Pep Guardiola and Manchester City host Norwich this weekend as the Blues welcome back a full capacity crowd for the first time since February 2020. Ahead of the Champions' homecoming Pep spoke to the media to discuss Norwich, the latest on Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne's fitness, Harry Kane, and a general squad update.
First a question on Robert Lewandowski, who is rumoured to want out of Bayern Munich to seek a new challenge abroad.
"Next question. Lewy is such an important player for Bayern Munich and he will stay at Bayern Munich. I am not going to talk with 11 days left about the transfer market."
Pep was then asked about his thoughts on his current squad.
"Absolutely, more than happy. It is the same team except for Sergio Aguero coming in for Jack Grealish last season."
Now the important updates - the fitness of Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan.
"Gundo trained today but we will see ahead of Sunday. Phil Foden won't be ready until after the transfer window and Kevin [De Bruyne] still has a little problem with his ankle so we will see."
Pep Guardiola says Kevin De Bruyne still has a problem in his ankle and the team will wait and see whilst Ilkay Gundogan trained but isn't yet confirmed to feature.
On Norwich, Pep was full of praise for Daniel Farke and his team.
"Daniel is an exceptional manager. I always enjoy watching his teams play. The year in the Premier League they didn't get results but they played really good. They will try to play with the movements of Pukki and other players and we are going to play a good team with a good proposal of how they play."
Pep was asked about how important a win is tomorrow with the team potentially in danger of already falling six points behind their rivals after two games.
"I don't know. If we win it will be good, if we win it won't be good. The result is important but we have to see the team growing."
"The result is important but we have to see the team growing."
All quotes as quoted by Manchester Evening News.
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