Manchester City enter the FA Cup at third round stage tomorrow with a home tie against fellow Premier League side Burnley.
Pep Guardiola addressed the media at the CFA today ahead of City’s clash with Sean Dyche’s overachieving side.
Asked who would be unavailable tomorrow, there were no surprises although he did confirm that Vincent Kompany is not yet back, and Kyle Walker will be checked at this afternoon’s training session.
“Vincent is not available. Gabriel is not available. Mendy is not available. Phil Foden is not available. I don’t know if David will be available.
“We have a training session at 4pm so we will see how Kyle Walker is doing. Right now I don’t know.”
On the topic of David Silva, Pep couldn’t confirm if he’d play tomorrow due to what is going on with his prematurely born son Mateo.
“It’s not easy to explain how he feels. He made a statement and explained to everybody what happened. I prefer not to talk about.
“He shows on the pitch he is able to forget everything but he will decide when he has to go and when he will stay.”
Will City dip into the transfer market this month? Pep acknowledged it’s the hardest time to sign players, but didn’t rule it out.
“I said many times, we’re working now for the future. What happens, happens but I will work with the players I have.”
Asked if bringing in a high-quality player in January would cause squad problems:
“If he’s a good person, no.”
The boss also hinted at a very strong lineup tomorrow, though wouldn’t confirm if it’ll be Ederson or Bravo who starts between the sticks.
“Our intention now is not to drop any competition and not to drop any games, this is why I will rotate players.”
The ‘q’ word – quadruple, that is – was raised, and Pep was having none of it.
“Maybe in March and April, if we are still in everything, I will say it is possible. For now it is an illusion. It is not realistic. We would need 32 players.”
The Catalan was also asked about comments by Vincent Kompany that ticket prices should be dropped all across the Premier League. He didn’t want to say much about it, noting that he isn’t the CEO, but…
“I know the CEO. This club is always thinking about what’s best for fans.”
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