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  • Updated: April 12, 2024

Man City in trouble without injured key players — Guardiola

Man City in trouble without injured key players — Guardio

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola faced the media on Friday afternoon in his press conference ahead of this weekend's meeting with Luton Town and interesting subjects surrounding his players' availability were raised as the Premier League champions seek to close down the gap on leaders Arsenal and fellow title chasers Liverpool.

Guardiola is on a mission to once again guide his team to another title but that aspiration could be dealt a huge blow as some of his key stars remain out injured.

Speaking on the availability of the trio of defenders Nathan Ake, Kyle Walker and John Stones, as well as goalkeeper Ederson, Guardiola did not offer in terms of update.

"Infact, Phil Foden who was impressive in the 3-3 draw against Real Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday is not 100% fit. We're training this [Friday] afternoon and then we'll know better how they feel."

On whether Brazil goalkeeper Ederson is fully fit and set to take his place back after Stefan Ortega deputised for the stricken Brazilian in the Champions League game against Real Madrid, Guardiola noted: "No, [Ederson] is the first choice. He was ready to play against Madrid and [will be] tomorrow, and the next game. We make the decision for many reasons."

Guardiola could not escape from answering questions on Spain international Rodri who admitted that he needed a rest after a challenging season so far for City. 

"Take a look at our games and you realise. It is simple. He is so important for the quality he gives us. But if you have a player that doesn't want to play then he’s not going to play. If he’s exhausted, it can happen, and another is going to play," the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach stated.

"It is 429 days and 66 games since Rodri lost a game playing for City in any competition. I’d love to rest central defenders but we don’t have them. In [England's] friendly games, [John Stones and Kyle Walker] got injured so they cannot get rest. We are in big, big trouble.

"I had the feeling we were tired in the last games. We will decide tomorrow what we have to do."

Speaking on what striker Erling Haaland needs to do to win a Ballon d'Or, boss Pep Guardiola added: "He needs to play more minutes, to learn from what you have to do.

"But the target is not the Ballon d'Or, the target is to win trophies and he did. Would we have won five trophies last year without him? Not a chance.

"It's not about Erling or any other player. Until you retire, you can [always] be better."

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