Pep Guardiola: City without five after positive Covid-19 tests for a trip to Chelsea

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After positive coronavirus tests, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola announced the club will have five players unavailable for Sunday’s Premier League match at Chelsea. City’s match at Everton on Monday was postponed shortly after three more players tested positive for Covid-19, following Kyle Walker’s and Gabriel Jesus’ positive tests back on Christmas Day.

“The latest findings bring the total number of first-team players isolated by the club to seven, including two other staff members. On Christmas Day, Kyle Walker tested positive for Covid-19 (Laurence Griffiths/PA)Guardiola told a news conference, “The first time there were four people – (including) two players – and then three others. You’re going to see the lineups and there aren’t three important players, so you’re going to know exactly, but I’m not allowed to tell you. Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti, pictured, received a call from Pep Guardiola about the situation (Nick Potts/PA). Guardiola maintained that City had enough players available to play Everton, but there was little choice but to postpone the game with news of the positive tests coming late in the day. He said: ” Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti, pictured, received a call from Pep Guardiola about the situation (Nick Potts/PA)Guardiola insisted City had enough players available to play Everton, but with news of the positive tests coming late in the day there was no option but to cancel the game.He said: ” I personally called (Everton manager) Carlo Ancelotti to explain the situation, since we were in touch the day before about what was going to happen and the great danger. Everton expressed his dissatisfaction after the postponement was announced and requested full disclosure of all the data in a statement that contributed to the decision. Ancelotti was later more sincere and sent best wishes to the affected workers of City. Guardiola said, “I preferred the statement of Carlo Ancelotti to the statement of the club. We would have liked to play the game, but the Premier League wisely decided, “I preferred the statement of Carlo Ancelotti to the statement of the club.

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