Pep’s Presser: Mendy and Kompany injury updates, Rabbi Matondo, Fernandinho tired?

The games are coming thick and fast for Manchester City with the Blues competing on four fronts and still in with a chance (but let’s not get our hopes up) of winning an historic quadruple.

Next up is a trip to St James’ Park to face Rafa Benitez’s struggling Newcastle, who City have a fine record against in recent history.

Pep Guardiola was at the CFA this afternoon to address the media ahead of City’s next Premier League fixture.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has suggested Pep acted improperly by talking to Barcelona-bound Frenkie de Jong while under contract to Ajax.

“I don’t want to talk about that, it’s over,” was Pep’s reply.

He added: “I’m not involved in negotiations about players. The club is incredible and works perfect. Sometimes players go to other places and it happens. The reality is what it is. Sometimes it’s not possible.

“We have enough players for tomorrow.”

Benjamin Mendy missed the Burnley game with swelling to his knee, but Pep confirmed that the left-back is better. Still no Vinnie, however…

“Mendy is much better. Vincent Kompany is still out.”

What about Fernandinho? The Brazilian somewhat surprisingly started against Burnley when he might have been rested. Pep said it was because of Burnley’s set-piece threat doesn’t believe Fernandinho is suffering from any fatigue.

“I think he feels good right now, he doesn’t feel really tired.”

The Catalan is expecting tomorrow’s opponents Newcastle to line up in a similar way to Burnley.

“Newcastle play similar to Burnley. Of course, every team is completely different. The past two seasons, it has always been tough, and I imagine that will happen tomorrow.

“They defend very well, but I have a feeling we can attack better.”

Any title pressure? Pep believes it’s normal and City will try to deal with it, just as they have in the past.

“All the teams want to fight for the title,” said Pep. “We have the pressure and feel the pressure but we have to handle it.

“I think there are 14 games left. There are many points left to win. We can’t think too much about that and think what we have to do.”

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