Pep Guardiola spoke to the press today ahead of Manchester City’s trip to Wigan Athletic on Monday night in the FA Cup fifth round.
The big news came quickly with the City boss confirming Gabriel Jesus will train with the first-team for the first time since his injury today. Pep isn’t sure when the Samba sensation will return, but his comeback is getting closer.
“Today he (Jesus) is going to train with the group,” Pep told the media.
“It’s good news. I don’t know when he will be ready to be with us but the first step is to join the team for training. He did one or two weeks alone.”
City responded quite firmly to claims of disrespect from Leicester boss Claude Puel about their pursuit of Riyad Mahrez. Pep was asked about it, but added little.
“The club made a statement. I try to do my best for the club.”
League One high-flyers Wigan are up next, and Pep is wary about a ‘cupset’ and will not be underestimating them.
“Of course, I am concerned because I saw Wigan’s game against Bournemouth.
“I think every season in the FA Cup there are a lot of surprises but the players need to not think about next Sunday’s final and need to prepare for Monday as well as possible.”
With it being a Monday night fixture, Pep still hasn’t decided on his starting XI.
“We are going to have three training sessions before we play Wigan but we will decide on the team on the day.”
Is there a power shift in Europe with English teams starting to improve in the Champions League. Guardiola shared his views.
“We will see in the future if there is a change or not.
“Being here, I feel English, I feel even more part of this league. It’s great news for this country that the Premier League teams are doing so well in Europe.”
We’re on the march with Guardiola, we’re all going to Wembley!
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