Pep Guardiola addressed the media ahead of Manchester City’s last game of their pre-season tour of the United States which will pit them against his former club Bayern Munich tomorrow.
The Blues have had a pre-season very much disturbed by the World Cup, with no other club in world football having had more representatives in Russia. The teams Guardiola fielded against Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool were stacked with teenagers and fringe players.
Next week, City face Chelsea in the Community Shield and Pep expects more high-profile faces back by then – but not all – and even those back will have minimal preparation time.
“Most of our [Belgian and English] players will be back next week training in Manchester,” Guardiola said. “We have just four or five days to prepare for Chelsea. Some will come back after the match.”
Are City done in the transfer market? We have been led to believe they may be, but Pep gave a hint that one more could arrive through the Etihad welcome lounge before the window shuts.
“If we sign a player, we will sign only one more… maybe one comes, maybe not.”
Guardiola is not known to impulse buy and in addition to a specific skill set, their attitude and personality are important to him. The Catalan credited last season’s successes down to the entire dressing room being made up of “good guys”.
“The personality of the players is the most important thing when looking at signings. Of course the quality is important but I love to work with nice people and I hate to work with people who are not respectful. But of course the skill of the players is important.”
Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz was mysteriously absent from the Liverpool game after featuring against Borussia Dortmund, but is in contention to face Bayern. Pep also rates the youngster.
“He has potential, real potential,” Pep said of the 19-year-old, who struggled at times against Dortmund.
As mentioned, Guardiola is up against his previous club tomorrow and is looking forward to reconnecting with some old friends.
“I have a lot of friends at Bayern. It was a brilliant experience for me and my family. I am looking forward to seeing a lot of my friends tomorrow.
“I am pretty sure they are going to have a good season. Hopefully we will meet in the Champions League.”
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