Pep’s Presser: Good news on the injury front, Sterling’s goal record, Foden’s importance

Pep Guardiola addressed the media at the City Football Academy on Friday afternoon ahead of a potentially tricky visit to Huddersfield Town on Sunday, a side that has been beaten just once at home this season.

The good news is that there are no new injury concerns, with Pep also confirming that Vincent Kompany is available for selection.

“Everybody is okay. Yesterday was a day off. Today I want to see how everyone is.”

As per usual, Guardiola was respectful of tomorrow’s opposition, pointing out City’s struggles at Huddersfield last season in the FA Cup, when David Wagner’s side were in the Championship.

“We played last season against them and were not able to win. We realised how complicated it is to play there.

“At home, they have had good results. When they decide to make high pressing, they are so well-organised.

“Like every game away in the Premier League, we will try.”

Raheem Sterling is currently City’s top scorer this season, to the surprise of some. Pep even admitted he didn’t expect this, but is happy to see goals coming from all across the team.

“We have a lot of players scoring goals. We cannot win the title just with one or two players scoring.

“Our attacking midfielders, especially and our defenders have been scoring goals. That is good.”

The Catalan boss also spoke fondly of Ederson, who has quickly settled into the hustle and bustle of Premier League football.

“When you buy one player, especially from another country, you wonder how they will react and settle. But he’s settled quite good and he’s so calm.

“So in the bad moments, good moments, always the same behaviour. He gives us a lot of confidence.”

Once again, the name of Phil Foden was raised, and the boss spoke of the importance of local players being in the squad.

“We are so pleased. It is so important for clubs to have players from the academy. Here he has so much support. Whether he will play depends in quality and his development.”

On the topic of youth, Pep said when a prospect is given a chance, it is because they deserve it, not to pad his record on giving players debuts.

“We give opportunities to young players because they deserve it. All managers around the world have good academies.

“It depends on the players – the quality and how they live professionally, how old they are…”

Given Guardiola’s growing influence in the English game, will other managers look to emulate him? Pep shared his view…

“Copy and paste doesn’t work in football. Every manager always does what they believe.”

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