Welcome back to another match day Pep talk.
This time Guardiola talks Benjamin Mendy, rotations, Burnley and more-
Pep on Benjamin Mendy-
“It’s our wish and his wish… he has a special quality with his energy,” Guardiola declared at his press conference ahead of Monday night’s home game with Burnley, our second since the resumption of the Premier League.
“He came back so fit but it’s one game. Hopefully, he can play regularly.
“He’s a guy who missed a lot. Fabian Delph and Oleks (Zinchenko) and Danilo helped us a lot (when Mendy was out). I think it’s so important to have him, but we have to wait, it’s just one game.
“The quality for Benjamin is to go outside, but Mendy is also learning to go inside too. It’s about being fit.
“He loves playing football. He plays without pressure – he’s a guy who handles pressure really well. But we could not count on him for two years, it’s a long time.”
Pep on different competitions-
“It would be nice to play it,” he added. “We won three times in a row.
“We would want to defend it, but with COVID-19 and the Premier League starting later, I don’t know. It depends on the calendar.
“It’s the same with the Champions League and playing the second leg against Madrid at home. We would love to but the situation is exceptional.
“When the Carabao directors decide what to do, we will do it.”
Pep on title race-
“When we retained the title we were the first for 10 years so you know how difficult it is to do that. And every season the opponents get stronger. Hopefully we can learn from the beginning to the season...”
“After winning the Community Shield against Liverpool we dropped points may we didn’t expect. Liverpool will remain the strong team they are, but we are seeing how Chelsea are investing in this transfer market...”
“We saw in the last period how Man United have made a step forward, Tottenham are going to recover a lot of injured players, with Son, Harry Kane and others and with an experienced manager like Mourinho they are always going to be strong...”
That will do it for this week, keep here for match coverage.