Man City vs. West Ham: Manager's Preview.
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Man City host West Ham on Sunday, with kick off at 14:00 (UK).
Speaking to the press ahead of this crunch tie Pep Guardiola stated his delighted with his Man City squad for clinching qualification for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League and how he believes it allows his side to focus on domestic football until the knock-out phases of Europe’s elite club competition begin in February.
"We are incredibly happy and delighted to be in the last 16 of the Champions League and at this part of the season to be not far from the top of the Premier League."
"It is difficult to get through the group stage and now it allows us to focus on the Premier League." -Pep Guardiola
With City out of the Carabao Cup, Pep Guardiola stated he is now focused on the Premier League until January, when City’s FA Cup campaign begins.
"We are out of the Carabao Cup so we focus on the Premier League until January."
"We know what the Premier League means. The four Premier League teams are in the last 16 and did an incredible group stage, all of them." -Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola also gave updates on Kevin De Bruyne who has been ruled out for a while after being tested positive for COVID.
"A little bit tired, no taste., symptoms you have [with Coronavirus]. Six or seven days [isolating so far], a few more days we will do a PCR test if he is negative he will be back." -Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola stated his delight for Raheem Sterling's recent run of form.
"I'm so glad for him, it's helped us that's for sure. Of course, he will fight to do better and better and better. It's good for both wingers to score and get assists, he is decisive. Still he knows he can do better, one-v-one, but this is a step to come back in his best form"
"You have highs and lows, it's important that the lows aren't too low. They want to perform well, we won Premier League, I want to leave good. At the same time, relax."
"It doesn't depend on individual [success] it's the team, be on the pitch when the manager gives you the opportunity do your best."
"Raheem and everyone, that's all. When you see players bad that's a problem - it's not the case. Just look how we fight and win games." -Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola also gave his say on 'player unhappiness' saying he completely understands them and he too was a player. Guardiola also said that it is a long season meaning everyone will eventually get their chance.
"They are not happy? It's the sixth season, they know me, we know them it's not a problem. They're nice guys, there's a line and they don't cross them. I completely understand I was a player."
"The way they train, the season is too long they will play. I'm not going to speak on Fernandinho but he is incredibly professional and no Rodri playing at an incredibly high level so this is not a problem." -Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola also gave updates on the fitness of Phil Foden and Jack Grealish sounding more optimistic about Foden being ready for the West Ham United game this Sunday.
"They are training individual, they are training much better. Phil much better. Not today because it's a day off. McAtee and Palmer helped us [against PSG] Hopefully they can be back soon to help us." -Pep Guardiola