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Pep Guardiola passed fit and talks about Newcastle United challenge and injury situation

1 month ago
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Pep Guardiola will be at St James Park on Sunday.

The Manchester City boss is now free to take charge of their Premier League trip to Newcastle, after returning a negative PCR test.

Pep Guardiola had to take a PCR test, following a lateral flow test showing an inconclusive result when he arrived at the training ground on Friday.

Guardiola had travelled to Catalonia early in the week to be at Sergio Aguero’s retirement news conference at the Nou Camp.

With fears that he had contacted Covid whilst on his travels.

Pep Guardiola and pretty much all of his playing squad are available for the trip, with the Man City boss revealing that only Ferran Torres is out injured.

With two extra days of rest / preparation compared to Newcastle United, Manchester City look to have the ‘edge’ in every respect.

Though maybe surprisingly, Newcastle have done pretty well at home against Pep Guardiola since he arrived at Man City. Newcastle getting that 2-1 win under Rafa in January 2019, then later that year in November 2019 drawing 2-2. Even the two defeats for NUFC have been only by one goal, 4-3 to the visitors in May earlier this year and 1-0 in December 2017.

Pep Guardiola:

“Everyone is fit, it’s just Ferran (Torres) missing. Joao (Cancelo) is back after (his suspension against) Leeds and we will travel to Newcastle with everyone ready to play.

“It is not easy to go to Newcastle and get a result so we will need the whole team and hopefully we will be strong enough to get the points.

“Newcastle is a very tough opponent. People will talk about our place in the table or their place in the table but when you go to Newcastle you know what sort of game to expect.

“Now they have a new manager in Eddie [Howe] and we know what a good manager he is.

“They have had a tough start to the season but they are a good team with good players and a top manager so we will go there and have to work hard for each other to win the game.

“Every game in the Premier League is tough. Whether you are playing against teams at the top of the table or the bottom.

“Everyone wants to win every match and at this level you have to be prepared for this.

“Newcastle in their stadium with their fans behind them, they will be ready and they have the quality to hurt us if we don’t play at our best.

“What is most important is the next game. And the next one and the next one.

“We try not to look to much behind us because when you do that, you lose your focus. It is important not to look at our last result and think ‘we are there’.

“We are playing well and getting results we want, but we have to continue this.

“You need to score goals to win games, that is no secret. We have found a way to score goals from different places in different ways and Tuesday was a good example.

“Scoring goals also brings confidence, for the team, for the players and that will be important in helping us to win the next game. If they are know they are capable of scoring goals like this then that confidence will help us achieve our goals.”

“Jack (Grealish) is an outstanding player. He has so much quality and has played so well for us.

“It is important for every player to feel like they are contributing with goals but he has been playing well all season and we know what to expect from him.

“It takes time to get used to a new team, a new way of playing but Jack knows what he has to do and we will continue to see this.”

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