Pep returns for a pre match press conference ahead of Manchester City’s match v Chelsea this weekend.
Pep touched on the Everton match postponement, match congestion, Chelsea match and much more.
Let’s dive in-
“It is what it is. When you win a lot of titles - four in one season - you play a lot of games,” said Pep.
“It won’t be an exception right now. If we play a lot of games it means we are in the competitions.”
“We will play every game with the players we have and compete as best as possible. But we can’t be thinking about it not being good.
“The Premier league will not allow us [to name the players], but tomorrow you will see because they will not travel. They told us not to and some clubs announce, some don’t.
“We have to respect the privacy of players. But tomorrow you will see the three important players who are not there. I am not allowed to tell you.”
“I called Carlo Ancelotti to announce the situation because we could play, but if we travel led and we had been in touch with our infected players, we could infect Everton.
“It was a big risk. Not just here. Around the world. The problem is still here but now we have disinfected, cleaned out the CFA and we take tests and hopefully they will all be negative. And hopeful the ones infected come back safe. In a few cases (of those tested) we still don’t have the results.
“We will follow what the Premier League will say. I know they are doing an incredible job with all the extra measures after the first lockdown.
“But take a look at Newcastle. I spoke to Steve Bruce and he explained how difficult it was for his club who has more than 20 people infected. It can happen here, at Fulham, anywhere around the world.
“There are many cases around the world. We are delighted to play games but at the same time we cannot ignore the reality that the virus is here and we don’t know exactly when you get it, but you can get it. That’s why we wear masks and social distance.”
“Well, you are less in touch with the players and are not in the locker room - they just see us on the pitch. It is what it is,” he said.
“We have a good squad to go there and try to compete against a tough opponent in Chelsea. But we go there to play our game with enthusiasm and good will. We try to do our job and do a good performance.”
Some interesting comments. It does seem the call for the macth to be off came from the PL to limit any potential spread. It was and is the right call. Now, we turn attention to the match v Chelsea which should be great.