Manchester City travel to Wembley Stadium on Saturday for their toughest remaining fixture of the season against Tottenham.
The Blues have lost three matches in a row, their first serious downturn of the season coming at a bad time, and Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to add to the recent week of woe in London.
City’s bouncebackability will be put to the test and ahead of the big weekend game, Pep Guardiola addressed the media at the City Football Academy on Friday afternoon.
Pep didn’t seem too downbeat about City’s Champions League exit and praised the club and his players.
“This club is absolutely amazing in all terms.
“The player’s showed me their courage and reacted to the Anfield defeat. The first half was outstanding but the little details are so so big because the quality of the opponents are so so big. We’ll try and come back next season and do really well.”
Pep was sent off during the Liverpool game in the week after criticising Spanish referee Mateu Lahoz. He had a little bit to say about his actions.
“I prefer to be with my players than to be with my chairman, but it’s the decision of the referee. I should react better but I am who I am and I do what I do for my club. I am a human being. I try to defend my team, my club. They deserve to not feel alone.”
The Catalan made the big call that a Premier League title means more than the Champions League.
“Now we have before us the most important title in the season by far. You can win the Champions League playing a good seven games. The league, no.”
City have injury concerns heading into tomorrow with Sergio Aguero ruled out, John Stones missing again, and Benjamin Mendy still not ready. Fernandinho is also missing through suspension.
“We have problems, we have injuries. We don’t have a lot of players for the next games.
“Aguero is injured. He was injured before the game but made a huge effort to help us for 10 to 15 minutes.
“After the actions from Ashley Young against United, he had problems with his knee and could not train.”
“Fernandinho is suspended. Mendy is out. Stones is out. We have 14 players for the next game.”
And as expected, Pep is expecting a very tough game against Tottenham tomorrow night.
“Tottenham is a fantastic team, they have great pressure. They have been playing great with a lot of success in the last two, three season and are in the semi-final of the FA Cup this season. It is going to be a difficult game for us.”
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