It doesn’t get much more traditional than a 3 o’clock FA Cup game on a Saturday, and that is what Manchester City have this weekend when they host Burnley in the fourth round of the world’s most famous domestic cup competition.
Pep Guardiola has won the Premier League, League Cup and Community Shield in his two-and-a-half seasons in England, with only the FA Cup missing to complete the full set of domestic trophies.
Ahead of City’s weekend clash with Burnley, the City manager spoke to the press at the CFA this afternoon.
Sean Dyche has suggested that Burnley will make a good number of changes, but how will Pep approach tomorrow’s game? With a strong team he said.
“We always try to play with a strong team. We’re going to play with the best team we believe,” Pep revealed.
“We will try to win tomorrow.”
Any chance of January transfers? The answer was the same.
Pep said simply: “No. Nothing.”
The boss wouldn’t confirm if Benjamin Mendy will feature again after his first run-out since returning from injury against Burton.
“It was his first 25, 30 minutes after a long time. We will see (if Mendy is involved).”
Once again, City are without any major injury problems with Pep suggesting everyone bar Vincent Kompany will be available. The academy players who were promoted in midweek will play no part.
“The others, except Vincent Kompany, are fit. Everyone can play. Tomorrow, there will not be players from the academy.”
Could any of those academy players go out on loan this month? Luke Bolton has already gone to Wycombe and there have been offers for others, Pep confirmed, but…
“I don’t know, that I cannot assure you. We have some offers but I cannot assure you.”
When asked if he coaches players to be at their best and more motivated for certain parts of the season, Guardiola said he doesn’t.
“I don’t prepare the team to be perfect, in top form (for big games) and then go down and up. I don’t understand how it works in that way.
“We try to keep the players fit and in a good mood.”