Guardiola: Only 14 first-team players are ready to play with Sporting. We’ll have to use the players from the reserve”


Manchester City head coach Josep Guardiola spoke about the team’s problems with the squad ahead of the second leg of the 1/8 finals of the Champions League against Sporting Lisbon.

“We don’t have that many players – only 14 people are available. We have a few issues – Walker’s disqualification, can’t play Cancela. Of course, in the first match we achieved an excellent result, but football is unpredictable and nothing has been decided in our pair yet.

Now we have only 3 defenders, we will have to adapt and use players from the reserve. We need to look at everyone in training and see what we can do. Nathan Ake should return to action in the coming days, but it will be too risky to let him out on the field tomorrow. Ruben Dias is out for a long time, we can’t risk another defender.

I know that we will have 5 days before the match against Crystal Palace, this is an opportunity to recover, but the doctors said that it would be better for Nathan not to go on the field tomorrow, ”Guardiola said.

The return match of the 1/8 finals of the Champions League “Manchester City” – “Sporting” will be held tomorrow, March 9 in Manchester (England). The beginning is at 23.00 (Moscow time). Manchester City won the first leg 5-0.

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