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Pep Talk: “I’m not much optimistic”

A good match here.

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Pep Guardiola and his squad have begin running small as the team is under several many injuries. He spoke about that, the KDB return, RBL and much more:

Pep on injuries

“I’m not much optimistic about some good news for some people to come back,”

“We’ll see this afternoon. I think it’ll be the same people that played against Liverpool.

“We have training now but we’ll see this afternoon. We’ll do the second day of recovery. We won’t think to do anything.”

Pep on KDB

“I’d love to have him all season but he has had a tough injury and surgery so he has had to recover well.

“End of December or Happy New Year will be a Happy New Year for everyone.”

Pep on Gvardiol

“I don’t have more than incredible words for him, first how he’s settled, which has been fantastic,”

“Sometimes they move because they don’t play, but he’s so important.

“Nathan can’t play every three days. We know that, so it’s so important (to have him) and the game in Leipzig was, he unbelievable, I reviewed it yesterday.”

Asked where Gvardiol’s positional future lies in his team, the boss admitted that he may eventually move more centrally, but that he has shown he is a very capable left-back.

“Yeah of course he can play as a central defender, but when we make build-ups with three, he can go in the middle,” he said.

“With Nathan and Josko on the left as a build-up, he is like a central defender.

Pep on Venables

“When I was a Barca fan he gave us La Liga, I think the first in 11 years. His impact was incredible there,” he said.

“He introduced something that hadn’t been before, a certain type of pressing and set pieces. For example, I remember how many goals the central defenders scored.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t win the Champions League in that tie in the final against Steaua Bucharest.

“A true gentleman, the people lived with him. I remember talking to players who played with him, not just as a manager but as a person he was so funny. He was on programmes, singing, Frank Sinatra and things. He was a proper man. I’m so sorry for his family.

“He’s a big loss for English football, his family and wide. I’ve read a lot in the last 24 hours and how many players talk about him is really impressive. Condolences to all his family.”

Let’s hope for a nice clean win and no more injuries.