Pep Guardiola was in a good mood when talking to the media on Thursday's press conference. Manchester City make their FA Cup debut against West Ham United on Friday, and the manager is excited for his first taste of the oldest competition in history:
“In the Bundesliga, the cup tradition is special. What I hear here is that the Cup is special because the low teams can beat the big teams - that’s why it’s fascinating.
“I’m looking forward to it. We were unlucky in draw. We play West Ham away… they are a Premier League team, we are away, it’s tough. I want to continue in this competition.”
Guardiola was also asked about the status on Vincent Kompany, who continues to recover from a knee injury. According to the boss, the captain is getting closer to his return, but not against the Hammers:
“He has started training now but he’s not ready to play [Friday].”
Pep also spoke about Monday's infamous win against Burnley. Despite earning three points with ten men on the pitch, Guardiola's side and Pep himself were highly criticized for their performance, Fernandinho's red card and the coach's postgame quotes.
Guardiola didn't give any angry statements this time, and spoke about the importance of that game and the win:
“I was so happy for our victory, it was important. If we had dropped points against Burnley it would have made life difficult. Sometimes I’m so demanding and the players showed how special they are.
“Burnley are not an easy team, they are doing exceptionally, we’ve beaten them away and home - 10 v 11 and that’s why I’m so happy.”
Stay cool, Pep.