Pep Guardiola talks about links to Barcelona

November 4, 2020Football Standard

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola announced that he is happy at the Etihad Stadium to brush off talks of Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font, who wants to bring him back to the Spanish club.

The Spanish manager is running on the final year in his contract with the Premier League club and talks about a long-term future with the club are yet to be confirmed.

Following the resignation of Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu the whole board had to step down from their posts, resulting in Font becoming the favorite to inherit the president role. He claimed he wishes to reunite Lionel Messi and Guardiola at the Camp Nou, and this had formerly been formed into a topic in several high roller casinos right after the speculations about the exit of the president was being spread.

Guardiola is running on his fifth campaign with the Citizens, which is more than the amounts of time he spent being a manager at both Barca and German club Bayern Munich.

When questioned regarding the link pointing him to his former Spanish club, Guardiola said to the media: “I’m incredibly happy here; delighted to be in Manchester and hopefully I can do a good job this season to stay longer.”

The 49-year-old manager had formerly claimed he will be putting pen to paper to sign an extension of his team continues to respond to his managerial abilities. He has, however, succumbed to his worst ever start to a campaign as a manager due to the injuries that have plagued the team.

Centre forward Sergio Aguero and defender Benjamin Mendy are the latest players to be on the sidelines for the Spanish coach, joining up with newly-signed defender Nathan Ake and Gabriel Jesus, who are poised to return to training in a few days and site de jeu en ligne are currently tagging the duo to be available in a while.

Speaking about the injuries, the Citizens manager said: “Gabriel and Ake are getting better, Mendy is not. We’ll see how they feel at training. They need to be with the team and it’s coming so it’s good to have as many as possible. This season everyone will be important.”

The Citizens will be having at least two games a week until the start of 2021, due to this Guardiola had to adapt to this play while watching closely the fitness of his players. He vented out his frustration with the Premier League after discontinuing their “five substitutes per match”, which they put in play during the Project Restart, as it is being used by Europe and the Champions League.

He continued: “Definitely they should [have], they should 100%, and it’s not about one club.

“There are statistics that they don’t deny – that in the Premier League players have 47 percent more muscular injuries than the previous season. Due to no preparation for most of the teams and the number of games.

“All the leagues – Germany, Spain, everywhere – are five substitutions to protect the players, not to protect one team.

“They should [reconsider], hopefully, they can reconsider and do what the rest of the world does because we have to adjust to the pandemic situation and other things. The reality is completely different now to before. Intelligent people adjust to the situation in the world – football is about the players.”


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