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Pep Talk: “We have to take decisions and the players have freedom and intentions...”

A good look at our UCL opponents and more....

Manchester City Training Session And Press Conference Photo by Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images

Pep Guardiola is back again with another presser prior to the UCL match vs Borussia Dortmund. He talks injury updates, Dortmund, postponements and much more, let’s dive right in:

Pep on managers vs players

Pep confirmed Stones and Laporte near being ready

“Training session yesterday was partial, today complete. I spoke with the doctor, he needs a little more volume on his leg but in general he’s going well...”

On Dortmund

“They [Borussia Dortmund] know these players [Erling Haaland, Manuel Akanji] - also Sergio Gomez - better than I know Dortmund players...”

“We want a team to win tomorrow [vs Dortmund]. It is the World Cup and we have to be there in the #PL. But in the #UCL we have to qualify. We won the first game and in the CL at home you have to be strong. We are lucky that we don’t travel...”

On play style

“Imagine a striker make 50 runs and does not get the pass, he does not make the runs any more. We have to take decisions and the players have freedom and intentions...”

“It is not a big problem for me, but we will need to work it together whether we go to the left, the right or to try and score a goal...”

On PL fixtures

“The #PL has the ability to find the fixtures... The Tottenham game will be in February or March. We will find a way... we will play these postponed games, not a problem.”

“I don’t know if the Arsenal game [in the #PL, October 19] will be played now...”