Pep Guardiola is confident Manchester City ‘have a good enough squad to compete against Chelsea’ ahead of Sunday’s showdown – despite being without five players due to coronavirus
- Pep Guardiola is confident his coronavirus-hit Man City will compete vs Chelsea
- City will be without five players for Premier League trip to Stamford Bridge
- Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus returned positive tests on Christmas Day
- Three more then tested positive on Monday as Everton match was postponed
Pep Guardiola is confident his coronavirus-hit Manchester City squad will still be able to compete at Chelsea this weekend.
City will be without five players for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Stamford Bridge following positive Covid-19 tests.
Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus returned positive tests on Christmas Day along with two other members of the club’s first-team staff.
Pep Guardiola is confident his coronavirus-hit Man City will still be able to compete at Chelsea
City will be without five players for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Stamford Bridge
Despite absentees, the City boss still expects a strong showing against Chelsea
Three more players then tested positive on Monday, prompting the postponement of a game at Everton.
Their identities are still to be revealed but their absences are undoubtedly a blow with Guardiola suggesting Academy players could make up the numbers.
Nevertheless, the City boss still expects a strong showing.
He said: ‘We have a good enough squad to go there and try to compete against a tough opponent in Chelsea.
Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus returned positive tests on Christmas Day and three more are out
‘We know how it is and we are going there to play our game, with enthusiasm and good will to try to get a result and do a good performance.’
City are unbeaten in their last six Premier League games and had been hauling themselves back into the title race after a slow start to the campaign.
But with the Everton postponement meaning City now have two games to make up on most of their rivals, some heavy fixture congestion lies ahead.
That may be a concern for Guardiola but he does not want to make an issue of it yet.
Guardiola isn’t making an issue of fixture congestion after he postponement of Everton game
‘Since the beginning (of the season) we spoke about this, so no more comments,’ he said.
‘We have nine games in 27 days and after maybe eight or nine in the second one (February), so don’t think too much.
‘We’ll play every game with the players we have and compete as good as possible and do as best as we can. Now we don’t think about what is not good for the players.
‘They love to do this, we are going to accept it.’
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