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Pep Guardiola gives new insight into which Manchester City players will AND won’t start against Newcastle United

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Pep Guardiola watched on as his players made it 20 home wins in a row.

The Manchester City team having won every single one of the matches played at the Etihad so far in 2023, in all competitions.

Pep Guardiola seeing his side lead 2-0 at the break against Nottingham Forest and go on to win by that scoreline, despite Rodri getting red carded a minute into the second half.

Pep Guardiola had already (see below) said that he intended to play a much weakened side against Newcastle United, a starting eleven which will include youth team players, according to the Man City boss.

Now the 52 year old has given more detail into what we can expect his team to look like at St James’ Park, Pep Guardiola joking to the media that he might even play himself, due to injuries to key players, Rodri’s suspension, plus the need to rest certain individuals:

“Some players who have had a lot of minutes are not going to play against Newcastle United.

“The Carabao Cup is great for all the guys who don’t play regularly.

“They can play some minutes and that is perfect.

“But for the other players, I am not going to waste one per cent of energy for Carabao Cup.

“The likes of Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, playing 90 minutes for us, 90 for the national team, they are exhausted already.

“That is why we are going to play with the guys who need it.

“The Academy, maybe me.

“My back is getting better so I might manage a few minutes.”

The Mag – 18 September 2023:

Pep Guardiola has been looking ahead to the match against Newcastle United which is now in nine days time.

Both Manchester City and Newcastle United have a very busy spell, with six games each to play before the next international break.

Those six games for both, start on Tuesday 19 September and end on Sunday 8 October, the first and sixth matches only 19 days apart.

Pep Guardiola admitting he is resigned to playing youth team players against Newcastle United and just a case of how many end up playing in this Carabao Cup game at St James’ Park.

When the official Premier League senior 25 man squads were named this past week, Pep Guardiola only named 21, not 25.

The Man City boss having decided to go with a smaller senior squad that relies on not too many injuries and relying on those still classed as under 21s to fill out the first team squad where necessary.

However, having signed four players in the summer but allowing more than twice that number to leave, both on permanent and loan deals, Pep Guardiola has ran into a number of key injuries, including John Stones, Jack Grealish, Mateo Kovacic and Kevin De Bruyne.

Pep Guardiola indicating that in this busy period of games coming up, he will prioritise the Premier League and Champions League ahead of the Carabao Cup.

The Man City manager also pointing to the crazy number of internationals and the travel involved, especially for South American players.

Newcastle United and Eddie Howe do of course face all the same kind of issues and after this September international fortnight, the ones in October and November swiftly follow.

If Newcastle do beat Man City in this Carabao Cup match, then it means they will play EVERY remaining midweek in 2023 if also winning the fourth round Carabao Cup match they would play in early November, apart from when there are internationals played!

As we saw on Saturday, despite some injuries, Newcastle United surely have the strongest bench that they have ever had in their history. So whilst Eddie Howe will have to juggle his options for sure, hopefully he will be able to put out a very competitive team for every single match, including this Man City one.

Pep Guardiola talking to the Manchester Evening News about managing his squad and specifically, looking ahead to the Newcastle United away match in the Carabao Cup , which is now in nine days time:

“The problem when you have a lot of injuries, is maybe not today, but over three, four, five games.

“We have to go away to Newcastle in the Carabao Cup (on 27 September) and I’m sorry, but we are going to have to play with some players from the second team, because we cannot take the risks.

“Kevin is still out, John is still out, Kova I don’t know, Jack I don’t know.

“When you have all the squad you go to Newcastle with a good team, but now we just have to rest, recover well, train and try to arrive on the day of the game in the best condition possible.

“We cannot waste energy.

“I was on holiday (during the international break) but these guys were playing 90 minutes for their national teams and then travelling back from Bolivia and Brazil.

“It’s so exhausting for them and not just for us, for all teams.

“Look at Edson Alvarez for West Ham, coming with jet lag from South America and playing against us.

“We treat players in not a good way.”

Manchester City upcoming matches:

Tuesday 19 September – Man City 3 Red Star Belgrade 1

Saturday 23 September 2023  –  Man City 2 Forest 0

Wednesday 27 September 2023 – Newcastle v Man City (8pm)

Saturday 30 September 2023  – Wolves v Man City (3pm)

Wednesday 4 October 2023 – RB Leipzig v Man City (8pm)

Sunday 8 October 2023 – Arsenal v Man City (4.30pm)

Newcastle United upcoming matches:

Tuesday 19 September – AC Milan 0 Newcastle 0

Sunday 24 September 2023  – Sheff Utd 0 Newcastle 8

Wednesday 27 September 2023 – Newcastle v Man City (8pm) Sky Sports

Saturday 30 September 2023  – Newcastle v Burnley (3pm)

Wednesday 4 October 2023 – Newcastle v PSG (8pm) TNT Sports

Sunday 8 October 2023 – West Ham v Newcastle (2pm)

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