Manchester City must see out a two-legged tie against FC Basel tomorrow night at the Etihad Stadium, with one foot already in the Champions League quarter finals after beating the Swiss champions 4-0 in the first leg.
Ahead of the game, Pep Guardiola, who was joined by Ilkay Gundogan, addressed the local and international media at the CFA.
Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling are in good condition and Pep insinuated that while they could play tomorrow, Stoke at the weekend is more likely.
“Sterling and Fernandinho are much, much better. We will see tomorrow, but maybe they can face Stoke.”
And what about Benjamin Mendy? The Frenchman is back in training earlier than expected.
“It’s good news, he’s back. But after six months we have to be careful.”
Pep Guardiola will not allow any complacency against Basel, despite a lead that seems impossible to blow.
“We must be focused on not make any mistakes against Basel, it’s a Champions League game and the Champions League is something special. In football, anything is possible but we have to be calm and focused on what we have to do.”
The name John Stones came up with a good chance the Englishman could get his chance to impress against Basel. Pep had nothing but good things to say about John and the defensive situation.
“John is an extraordinary player,” Pep insisted. “What he has done has shown me that. Now we have four excellent defenders. They all have to be ready and they all have to be prepared. There is no doubt about John’s ability to play in the team.”
Phil Foden is another who could be in contention tomorrow, and Pep as always had positive words about the teenager, but wouldn’t reveal if he’ll play.
“We are delighted to have Phil Foden with us but he is still 17 years old and he’s a young guy.
“But of course we are so happy with him and we have a lot of confidence with him, but maybe he will play tomorrow. We will decide on the line-up tomorrow.”
“Mr. Glenn has apologised. My first impression is that he doesn’t understand what yellow ribbon means. It is not about independence. It is about people being in jail when they did nothing to deserve it. I am pretty sure he understands now.”
And are City at the same level as Barcelona yet?
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