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Pep’s Presser: Mendy and De Bruyne injury updates, Lyon performance, Aguero’s new deal

Pep Guardiola was back in the hotseat today after his Champions League ban and spoke to the media ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s Premier League clash with Cardiff.

Guardiola, as he always does (as anyone who watched the Amazon docuseries knows!), defended his players for their performance against Lyon and said they have nothing to be sorry for.

Pep insisted: “The players don’t have to apologise. For what? They ran and they fought, they tried to come back. The competition punishes mistakes.”

Sergio Aguero has decided to make his Manchester City stay a decade-long after renewing his contract today. Pep spoke with absolute respect about his star striker.

“Thank you so much for that (signing a new deal),” said Pep. “He’s one of the players who shows his commitment to the club on the training ground every day.”

Kevin De Bruyne’s recovery is going well and the boss was asked when he expects his Belgian maestro back.

“I don’t know. I spoke with the doctor and he is telling me it’s going good and well but I don’t know. We will see. It’s important that when he returns to pitch he is fully fit.”

And Benjamin Mendy? He won’t be back for Cardiff as he continues to recover from his own injury sustained in training.

“Injured. He has a problem in his bone. Ankle, foot.”

City were stunned by Lyon on Tuesday, and one point made on the latest City Watch Podcast episode, released today, is that perhaps fans are overhyping the Premier League and disrespecting other leagues. Pep spoke about the differences and bigged up Shakhtar and Hoffenheim, who City must face soon.

“The quality and the physicality of the Champions League is so different from the Premier League. Shakhtar and Hoffenheim are such good teams too so we have to prepare to go through.

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