Pep Guardiola is confident ahead of this match v Chelsea. The manager spoke prior to the match and had a lot say about the injury crisis, the Chelsea match and much more.
Let’s dive in-
“The World Cup is in the middle of the season - first time ever it happens. I haven’t analysed the impact.
“Everyone knows the teams involved in European competition, national teams - the calendar is brutal.
“We just have to adapt, train as best as possible, try not to get injured and give all the energy we have on the day of a game.”
“Every year I get the idea that the Premier League is harder than before. It’s really tough. An incredible challenge for us.
“We accept the challenge and will go for it. It’s a big compliment for the Premier League and it should be so proud of the fantastic competition we have.
“For the brilliant managers, top quality players - not just 11 or 12, - every club has 15, 16 exceptional players.
“We played a great Champions League final. We lost, but we played a great final,” said the Catalan.
“We missed a little bit to be precise in the final third. We lost the second ball and their transition was so good.
“They’re structure defensively is so good and they have physicality.
“My impression is that we were really good. We played with courage and personality. Unfortunately on counter attacks they were better and they beat us.”
Interesting comments. The match itself will be tricky and we’ll how a depleted squad deal with it.