Pep Guardiola knows this can be a very beneficial break for his players. Both for those who play and those who rest. Speaking about that and more, Pep took to the mics-
“We would have preferred to have nine points, but what is important is not what we have done,”
“OK, we have six points right now from just three fixtures, but we feel these last two weeks have helped us a lot to work again with our basics and our principles.
“And the people day by day and the way that they train in these two or three days, I’m really impressed.
“I said to the players: ‘Continue like this guys.’ I’m not glad with the result, it’s the way they behave every single day.
“Now it is non-stop. They go away with the international squads and come back hopefully fit with no injuries.
“And you see the schedule for September. We have to be ready.
“Because what is coming is a tough, tough, tough period for us.”
“John arrived late (after the Euros) and after we came back for the second game he had a problem with his leg, he was injured,”
“So, this week was the first week that he started training. Ruben and Aymeric have played (in the centre of defence).
“It will be good. He can go to the international team and hopefully they can take care of him, and he can take care of himself.
“It will be important to maintain the training sessions he needs, the rhythm, and playing with the national team will be good for us.”
Best of luck to the players away on duty!