Pep Guardiola, Manchester City coach, spoke about the upcoming confrontation with Tottenham Hotspur, tomorrow, Saturday, in the 24th round of the Premier League.
Guardiola started the pre-match press conference by talking about injuries, indicating the readiness of Robin Diaz and Rodrigo to meet tomorrow, while Nathan Acchi, Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, and Fernandinho will be absent.
The last defeat for City came against Tottenham, and about that, Pep said: “It is a coincidence, we lost at the time because they were the best team, in many features .. The Spurs showed more quality, so they overcame us, they are a strong team, and we have to provide a better level to overcome them.”
Whether the challenge between him and Jose Mourinho, coach of Tottenham Hotspur, was different from the previous one, he replied: “It is still the same. We have been working for many years, and therefore it is good for us .. We do the work we love, and it is a good competitor.”
Regarding City’s brilliance recently, he said: “We are not an indomitable team. Winning 15 consecutive matches will not help us advance (2-0) before kick-off … This is an important week, as we will face 3 strong teams, we have to recover and provide a better level of them. “.
On the possibility of Phil Foden succeeding David Silva, Guardiola replied: “Phil learned from David like everyone, but he cannot be like him, except that he has other special things .. He is able to play on the wing, and in the middle as well.”
Whether City has an advantage, after Tottenham went to extra time against Everton, in the Federation Cup, and thus suffering from exhaustion, he said: “I don’t know what they feel, but I always expect my opponent to give the best level.”
On his star, Ilkai Gundogan, winning the “Player of the Month” award in the Premier League, he replied: “He deserves it very much. I am happy for him ..