Pep’s Presser: Mendy injury update and confusion, Higuain’s impact, best team in Europe?

Manchester City end a tough but so far rewarding week on Sunday when they host Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea, the team that ended the reigning champions’ unbeaten run in the league back in December.

It could be one of City’s toughest games left this season and an important one in the title race. To address all of the big issues leading into the Super Sunday clash, Man City manager Pep Guardiola spoke to the media this afternoon.

Benjamin Mendy and Vincent Kompany will again be absent this weekend.

“Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy are not available,” the boss confirmed.

What is up with Mendy then? Pep elaborated.

“Mendy is injured and it’s not easy. Meniscus. It is not easy. He needs to readapt.

“You can’t return and train for two days and then you are fit. You have to be careful.

When asked later if Mendy is in Hong Kong, which an Instagram post suggested, Pep seemed bewildered – and the Frenchman could be in trouble if his location is true!

“Wow, I didn’t know. He said he was going to Paris but Hong Kong is far away, I need to download Instagram. It will definitely not be okay if he is in Hong Kong.”

Mendy has already responded!

Chelsea have been boosted by the arrival of Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, a player Pep has plenty of admiration for.

“He is a guy who doesn’t need too much to score goals, incredible experience playing in Napoli, he’s exceptional striker.”

Are City the best in Europe? Maurizio Sarri said they are but Pep threw Real Madrid fans a bone after his recent comments, saying Los Blancos are numero uno.

“Thank you very much, but the best team in Europe are Real Madrid. The last three years they won and they’re by far the best team in Europe.”

And some words from the manager about Sergio Aguero, who has a fantastic record against Chelsea.

“The big players need to appear in the key moments and he does it, in the big games we need big players. The game belongs to the players and important games belong to big players.”

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