Pep’s Presser: Sterling a cup final doubt, major Gabriel Jesus return update, Bravo vs Ederson

We’re just a couple of days away from the Carabao Cup final at Wembley, and this afternoon Pep Guardiola gave his final press conference before the match against Arsenal.

For Pep, it is a chance to lift his first trophy in English football and he spoke to the media ahead of the big day.

The City boss revealed that Gabriel Jesus completed his third training session yesterday and could even play a part on Sunday. There are no other fresh injury concerns.

“Everyone is okay,” said Guardiola. “We will see about Gabriel Jesus tomorrow. He made the third training session yesterday and every day he is better.”

Despite saying “everyone is okay”, Pep later ruled Raheem Sterling a doubt for the final with a muscle problem.

“Raheem had a problem with the muscle, since the game against Basel. I don’t know if he will be ready for Sunday.”

He was asked about VAR which will be used in the final, but seemed indifferent on the new technology.

“I don’t have an opinion on VAR. Not at all. I have to see and think how it works. We always need new ideas to take football in the right direction. I don’t have an opinion right now, I need time.”

Guardiola reiterated that Claudio Bravo will start at Wembley after playing every Carabao Cup game leading to the final.

“We are here because of Claudio. He saved two lots of penalties. He deserves to play in the final. The locker room is more important than the final.”

How should City approach the final? Pep is a specialist of big games and shared his philosophy.

“Don’t be scared to play the finals, be brave, try to score. We are going to try. Finals are special but to be there you have to win the quarter-finals, semi-finals. It depends how brave you are; the courage you play these kinds of games. Don’t have regrets.”

We’re on the march with Guardiola, we’re all going to Wembley!

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