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Pep Talk: “It was exciting in the first half of the season,”

Catalan manager speaks prior to PL match.

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Pep Guardiola held his usual pre match press conference. He had injury updates, half season review and much more.

Let’s dive in-

“Today the player are off,”

“Tomorrow we train. I would love to update you. I think Eric Garcia will be back. The guys from the Academy will be back. Aymeric and Nathan are not fit, Sergio also. T

“The rest are OK.”

“It was exciting in the first half of the season,” he said.

“In my head and hopefully in the head of the players it is just Crystal Palace we are thinking about.]

“In the last two seasons we were not able to beat them at home. Hopefully we can. Always, in the second half of the season when you are fighting for the title it is exciting.

“A team like Palace knows exactly what they have to do.

“We have to be patient, find our rhythm. They defend so well. We saw that against Arsenal. They were able to control much of the game.

“It was tough in recent seasons when we lost and drew. We try to convince our players to do our job and win the game.”

“All the clubs have their ups and downs this season. More than ever.

“Every team has four good results and then after one or two bad ones. Palace are not an exception. What they changed I don’t know because I am not there.”

“Always he had competition but I felt he was more necessary than the other ones.

“The players know what we have done in the past does not count. It counts now, today.

“The players I feel we have for specific games, for many reasons they have what it takes to play the games.”

Interesting comments. The second half of the season will fun as there is barely anything separating the top 3 teams. Who will come out on top?