15 Jan 2022 | 02:48 | Football
Coach Pep Guardiola: “We can be better in attack”
About the latest Covid outbreak?
Some are coming back, others are positive. When the first test is negative, the second test is negative, he will come back. The rest must stay at home. Everything happened in the last 2-3 months and affected all the clubs. We have a few new cases, they need privacy so I can’t mention them here.
Are you saying we’re smarter than Covid in Manchester and Omicron doesn’t like to visit? We have many infections and injuries, playing against Aston Villa with 11 players in the first team. In the last 6-7 games on the bench there are always 4-5 players from the academy. Our situation is no different from other teams. Injuries are less because the medical department of the team is so great.
Comments on Tuchel and Chelsea?
Tuchel is too creative. One of the few coaches I can constantly learn from, to become a better version of myself. He is good in every way. I liked him back in Mainz and Dortmund, always watching the way his team played and approached the game. He makes the football world a better place. It’s a good thing to have a coach who is always looking to be positive in the game.
As for Chelsea , I can’t imagine what will happen. If Tuchel doesn’t like the way they play at home, away from home they are like a rip off. Watching both games against Liverpool and Tottenham, I see Chelsea playing completely different than they played at Stamford Bridge. I don’t know if that’s what they planned, but I guess that will be how Chelsea play next game.
Is Man City better since winning in the first leg?
Football is the story of every day. The last two games are not our best version. This is a continuous improvement, get to a good stage and keep it for as long as possible.
Chelsea are European champions, or at every level, with personality. That’s another test for us. The first leg was a good performance by Man City , limited to a European championship team full of the best players. We were below them then, knowing it would be difficult if we couldn’t get the points. Unfortunately we couldn’t score more goals when we had three situations facing the goalkeeper.
Tomorrow’s game will be completely different. We will learn from experience and can be better especially on the offensive front. They will change their approach. They know they must have points to hold their position.
Coach Tuchel: “We have to make great efforts to catch up with Man City”
There is no good news. Trevoh Chalobah sat out, Reece James sat out, Ben Chilwell sat out. We have a new Covid-19 case in Andreas Christensen, so he won’t be playing this game either. N’Golo Kante and Thiago Silva were on the bench last game, but they attended a training session with the team and will be on the roster.
Will there be no hope of winning the championship if you lose?
Maybe, who knows. They handle trauma and Covid better than we do. Maybe it’s luck or they actually do better. They have fewer injuries and none of the long-term ones. They haven’t been affected by Covid like we have been for weeks. That is a big difference.
What lessons can be learned from Guardiola?
I try to learn from every opponent. I have a lot of respect for Pep, everyone knows that, but I learn from different coaches and players. I don’t expect anything special or unexpected from Pep for the next game, because this is a league match and they are in a good position in the rankings. So they will try to be the best version of themselves. That alone is enough to worry about.
Review of Man City?
We were confident when we said we would close the gap with City on the first day of the season. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still completely satisfied with the players that come out tomorrow. But the team will be very different if all the players are available, that gives you more confidence to be on the same level as Man City. But that’s what we’re not getting.
In the game in September, my approach was wrong, it made the team play passive and defensive. That’s not the intention, but it turned out to be. That is the lesson to be learned.
We are not having 100% of the healthy force and need to make great efforts to catch up with Man City and take the top spot. But to do that I need all the players back.
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