Manchester City meet Crystal Palace in their final game of 2017 on Sunday and have a chance to equal the longest ever winning streaks in Europe’s top 5 leagues – also set by Pep Guardiola while at Bayern Munich in 2013/14.
A home tie with Watford follows shortly after, and ahead of the next duo of games, Pep Guardiola addressed the media at the CFA this afternoon.
The good news is that the latest injury sustained by Vincent Kompany is not too bad and he will return shortly.
“It’s not as bad as we thought,” Pep revealed. “Kompany will be ready for the next fixtures. We will know exactly tomorrow. It was a calf strain, but it is not a big issue.”
And John Stones is also set to return any time now!
“Yesterday John Stones made his first complete training session. He’s not ready for 90 minutes yet but the next game he will be fit. Huge news for us.”
Left-back Fabian Delph is also okay after missing the last game.
“Delph was not fit for Newcastle but he’s much better now. Yesterday he trained. Today is a day off. We will see.”
As for David Silva, who is again on leave for personal reasons, Pep was coy.
“We will see in the next days about Silva…”
Guardiola isn’t impressed by all the talk about records and numbers, and believes trophies are needed to define this team.
“You talk about the numbers and the records. That is a consequence of what we do on the pitch. It doesn’t count. What counts is what we have to do against Crystal Palace.
“I was there for years at Bayern Munich. You cannot compare. Here, it is my second season. We have not won one title.
“Be calm and focused on what we have to do tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.”
The City manager described the much-improved Nicolas Otamendi as “a superman”.
“Otamendi has helped us absolutely, We have a superman in the team! He’s always fighting. Hugest competitor I have seen in my life. So important. Without him, it would have been impossible.”
On the January window, Pep again didn’t rule out some activity.
“I’m so so happy with my squad, I don’t know whether we will do anything in January but we’ll think about it. We are still in four competitions and we’ve seen what happened to Stones and Kompany.”
Finally, is he boss enjoying life in Manchester? Indeed, he is!
“I am happy to live in the city. I prefer to live in the city and be with the people.”
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