Pep’s Presser: Kompany and Stones injury updates, January transfer plans, plea to City fans

Pep Guardiola addressed the press at the CFA this afternoon ahead of what could be one of the toughest games of the season to date on Saturday, the visit of Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham.

The City boss has yet to overcome Spurs since arriving in England is fully aware of how difficult tomorrow could be. And despite the new record of 15 straight wins, he still believes City can improve.

“Tomorrow is an important game. Spurs are to tough. Last season and this season. Nothing is going to change – we are not going to win the Premier League tomorrow, we are not going to lose it either.

“It’s important to play better, that is the most important thing. The record will always stay there until one day it is broken. I am happy not with the results but the way we play Statistics are good but I have the feeling we can be much, much better.”

Pep was asked about January signings, particularly in the centre of defence, with just two options available to him right now. And he confirmed something could happen, but only if the right man is available…

“We speak about (January signings) with the Club and Txiki. We have just three guys in central defence.

“We don’t want to sign someone for 3 or 4 months. We want to sign them for years and we have to make sure it’s the right guy.”

Two of those absent are Vincent Kompany and John Stones, but both of them are well on the road to recovery, Guardiola confirmed.

“Vincent Kompany is much better. He has a little, little problem. I don’t know if tomorrow he will be fit but hopefully in the next days he will be ready.

“John Stones is much, much better. I think he’s at week four and the doctor said between four and six. One or two weeks, he will be ready.”

Pep himself was a great midfielder, but could he get in this City side? He doesn’t think so, thanks to a certain Brazilian…

“No! Fernandinho is much much better!”

Finally, before the embargoed section of his presser, Pep called on Blues to make some noise tomorrow and support their ‘tired’ team.

“I want our supporters to help us. We are so tired in many aspects. We need their support please, tomorrow will be a tough game.”

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