The international break is over and that means Manchester City are back! The Premier League champions and current leaders visit West Ham today which will mean Manuel Pellegrini faces his former club for the first time.
His successor at the Etihad Stadium, Pep Guardiola, spoke to the media this afternoon ahead of Saturday afternoon’s kick-off.
The big and bad news came early in Pep’s presser as he revealed that Benjamin Mendy is facing another long spell on the sidelines – up to three months.
“Mendy will be out for 10-12 weeks,” the boss confirmed.
Mendy’s close friend Bernardo Silva is also out of the West Ham game and possibly Lyon after having to withdraw from national team duty.
“Bernardo Silva cannot play this weekend. The injury is not a big one but he cannot play this weekend.”
Guardiola has been quoted several times as saying he’d like to coach a national team some day, but his focus right now is only on City – and he may extend his contract again!
“I have a contract here and I don’t deny [rule out] if things are going well that I could extend my contract here.”
Can City become the first side in a decade to win back-to-back titles? One step at a time says Pep.
“Right now, I am only focused on winning the next game,” Pep said. “If we focus on winning back to back titles, we forget what we need to do. There is no sense in talking about that. Some games we are going to lose and some we will win. Now comes the toughest part of the season.”
Pep’s City face Manuel Pellegrini‘s West Ham tomorrow and Guardiola recognised the Chilean’s impact at the Etihad.
“Pellegrini helped Manchester City to where we are today – you can recognise his style even if you are a blind man.”