After testing positive for Covid 19 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, Pep Guardiola is adamant that his Corona virus-stricken Manchester City side will be competitive with Chelsea FC this weekend. City will have to do without five starters.
On Christmas Day, Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus tested positive, as did two other first-team players. Pep Guardiola hopes to field a competitive side at Stamford Bridge (Clive Brunskill/PA) On Monday, three more players tested positive, resulting in a game at Everton being postponed. Their names have yet to be announced, but their absence is certainly a disappointment to Guardiola, who indicated that the numbers could be made up by players from the academy. Despite this, the City manager expects a positive performance. He said: “We know how it is and we’re going there to play our game, to try and get a result and put in a good performance with enthusiasm and goodwill.” The postponement of the game against Everton means that City is now behind most of its rivals in two competitions, meaning that a major fixture is coming up. That may be a cause for concern for Guardiola, but he just doesn’t want to make it a problem yet: “We’ve been talking about it since the beginning of the season, so no more comments,” he said. “We have nine games in 27 days and then maybe eight or nine in the second (February), so we don’t think too much. “We’re going to play every game with the players we have and compete as well as we can and do our best. We’re not worried now about what’s not right for the game. “They love to do it, we will accept it.”