Manchester City host Everton tomorrow lunchtime at the Etihad Stadium hoping for a better result than their 1-1 draw in the same fixture last season.
With fixtures, and injuries, piling up, it’s a difficult period of the season for Pep Guardiola and his squad, but they dug deep to beat Hoffenheim during the week following last Saturday’s defeat to Chelsea.
Ahead of another tricky Premier League tie, Guardiola spoke to the assembled media at the CFA this afternoon.
After so much bad news concerning injuries, Pep started the presser on a positive note by saying Sergio Aguero has been training pain-free and could face Everton tomorrow.
“Aguero did the last two training sessions with the team. He has no pain but after we are going to decide,” Pep said of his star striker.
And here it is… the news you’ve been waiting for… Kevin De Bruyne has also trained without comfort and could play a part tomorrow!
“De Bruyne is the same as Aguero. No pain. So we will see (if he plays tomorrow).”
It also sounds fairly promising on the John Stones front.
“Yesterday he (Stones) was in treatment. Today he is training. We will see how they feel because when you have just 60 hours of recovery (it is difficult). We will see.”
Players continue to be linked with a move to City, with Ben Chilwell the latest rumoured to be on the radar. However, Guardiola reiterated what he has said before: no signings for City in the January transfer window.
The boss said simply: “In January, we are not going to sign anyone.”
Guardiola is wary of Everton, who managed a 1-1 draw at the Etihad last season – albeit against a City side down to 10-men for half of the game.
“Not just at Liverpool, they played well at Stamford Bridge. Marco Silva’s teams are always well-organised. We’re going to speak to day to discuss how we can attack them more fluently.”
Pep was happy with how his team played against Everton in previous home games, but noted that they had dropped four points, and having played in midweek, knows tomorrow could be tough.
“We make good games but we dropped four points. Tomorrow is another game, the Everton team has changed completely with Sigurdsson and Richarlison, Yerry Mina – it is a top side.
“I’m really impressed with how they have done so far. It will be a tough game. We will see how we react playing at 12.30pm.”