Manchester City face one of their toughest tests of the Premier League season to date on Saturday when they head to Stamford Bridge to face Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea.
Chelsea’s form has dipped lately but they have the potential to put City’s unbeaten record in the league under threat, and it promises to be an exciting game.
To address the weekend clash and other issues, Pep Guardiola faced the media today at the City Football Academy.
The big and bad, but perhaps not surprising news is that both Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne are out of tomorrow’s game.
“Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne cannot play tomorrow,” the boss revealed. “Soon both will be back.”
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has labelled this City team the best around, but Pep respectfully disagreed.
“Thank you [Sarri] but we are not the best. We have to win the titles and we haven’t won the title to be best team in Europe [Champions League].
“The job he is doing is excellent. People don’t know how hard it is to create a style.”
Chelsea were shocked by Wolves during the week and their desire to bounce back could make it even tougher for City.
Pep said: “Tomorrow is another huge demanding test for us. How we play against one of the best teams on one of the biggest stages. How will they react after losing? I can imagine how intense, committed they will be.”
Being slightly pessimistic, Guardiola highlighted his poor record at Stamford Bridge.
“I have been to Stamford Bridge many times and I have won once, last season, always I lose there. They are a good side, a really good team. When you see the eleven and the people on the bench, they are a real contender.”