Manchester City travel to Rodney Parade this weekend for an FA Cup fifth round tie with Newport County.
The League Two minnows pulled off a shock win over Middlesbrough in the previous round and will hope to go one step further by beating the Premier League champions on Saturday.
Ahead of a classic David vs. Goliath FA Cup game, Pep Guardiola spoke to the press at the City Football Academy on Friday afternoon.
No change with Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy.
“No change. Neither is available to play tomorrow,” Pep said when asked.
Pep was asked about Leroy Sané‘s contract status – a new deal has been rumoured for months, but has yet to materialise.
“Normally the club inform me when it’s already done,” said Pep. “During the process it’s to do with the club, the agent and the players.”
Much has been said about the condition of the Newport pitch, which was in a sorry state for the League Two side’s fourth round win over Middlesbrough. Pep says they have to deal with it, just like the Wembley pitch against Spurs earlier this season.
“We have to adapt. We play in Premier League against Tottenham after NFL games in earlier in the season. We have to accept it. It is what it is, and that’s all.”
Pep is not taking City’s fourth tier opposition lightly.
“I saw the [Newport] game against Leicester and Middlesbrough. In the second leg they were outstanding, much better than Boro.”
And it sounds like the boss has scouted Newport quite thoroughly.
“Normally when we play in the Premier League games, the players already know the opposition. Most of the strikers score goals, they are incredible. They use the channels, they put the ball in the box. We are going to suffer in the box because they are taller and stronger than us.
“In some areas they are better than us.”