Manchester City have two games in quick succession coming up against Bournemouth and Watford. First up, the Premier League champions host Eddie Howe’s Cherries at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Ahead of a fixture the Blues have had much joy in recently, Pep Guardiola spoke to the press at the CFA.
The news on Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva is… that there is no news. Yet. The injured trio will be assessed after this afternoon’s training session.
“We have training in a few hours and we will assess how Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva are,” said Pep.
And what about Kevin De Bruyne? Get ready Premier League, it’s almost time…
“I think De Bruyne is still not ready [for Bournemouth], but soon, he will be ready.”
City have a squad loaded with talent, but one man in particular, Aymeric Laporte, has been outstanding lately and was singled out by Pep for praise.
“Everybody is important but if you talk about minutes played and performance, Laporte is important, he is playing at a high level. He is a good player.”
Brahim Diaz looks to be on his way out of City, and Guardiola believes he should go – if he doesn’t want to stay. City want to keep him, but it’s up to the player.
“With Brahim it is simple: we want to extend his contract for four or five years and we will do everything. But it’s up to him.
“If he doesn’t want to stay, he has to leave.”
How long can City keep up this standard of football?
Pep said: “When we are not able to win games, people say we cannot keep the standard. We have been at the same level for 15 or 16 months – more than one year. Our opponents are always good and we can lose.”