Pep Guardiola on loss of John Stones: Champions must handle tough situations

Ross Houston
November 20, 2017

"If they weren't, they would not be training with us every single day".

"Against Feyenoord I will change the team completely", said the City boss. In the high level, we try to help the young players, but they have to have quality to train with us.

Kompany returned from a calf injury in the 2-0 victory over Leicester at the weekend but Guardiola lost John Stones to a hamstring injury that could keep the defender out for six weeks.

Guardiola may give Yaya Toure, Ilkay Gundogan, Danilo and Bernardo Silva some game time, while England U17 World Cup victor Phil Foden and Spain U21 global Brahim Diaz could play some part.

Foden had to wait for his opportunity from the bench at the Etihad on Tuesday night
Foden had to wait for his opportunity from the bench at the Etihad on Tuesday night

"Obviously I think it is a type of football that is good for me as a player individually".

"The players who didn't play (against Leicester) are going to play the next game but also some of the players that did play are going to play too".

"This year, even today, we could be more clinical".

He said: "Many times we had good possibilities and good organisation and we need to keep this going for the future because it was promising, especially against such a good team in Manchester City and with the global break as we didn't have much time with the players to prepare and work together".

"We have to play 12 games in a short space of time with only three central defenders, and one of them is a risk in Vincent, who is only just back".

Choosing between Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero is Pep Guardiola's toughest decision at present with high-flying Manchester City but the star strikers will have to get used to spending time on the bench.

But Guardiola said: "The first step we have done, we are already qualified, but I prepare the same way as always (on Tuesday) and that's to win the game".

"They are ready", said Guardiola.

City have already secured a place in the Champions League last 16, so the pressure is off for Feyenoord's visit to the Etihad Stadium.

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