Guardiola remains vigilant, refusing to underestimate, following Man City’s exceptional start
Pep Guardiola, in a recent statement, expressed that he is not getting carried away with Manchester City’s flawless start to the season, emphasizing that it is only the beginning. The reigning champions have emerged victorious in all five of their Premier League fixtures, maintaining a 100 percent win rate.
Moreover, they secured the UEFA Super Cup by triumphing over Sevilla in a penalty shootout and kicked off their Champions League campaign with an impressive 3-1 win against Red Star Belgrade earlier this week.
Despite this remarkable start, Guardiola remains grounded and cites his first season at the helm of City in 2016/17. He reminds everyone that although they started with a perfect six wins at the time, they ultimately finished in third place. Thus, Guardiola urges caution and perspective.
In other news, winger Jack Grealish, who has been absent from the team’s last three matches due to a knee injury, is now poised to make a return for the upcoming Premier League clash against Nottingham Forest. This development alleviates Guardiola’s concerns over the injury-stricken squad, which also includes Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, John Stones, and Mateo Kovacic.
Guardiola expresses the need for the return of these injured players, as the team faces a demanding schedule, and it is not feasible to rely solely on a limited group of individuals. He expresses optimism about Grealish’s comeback, stating that he has been training well and may be ready to contribute on the field. Additionally, Kovacic’s recovery is progressing, but Bernardo, John, and Kevin are still unavailable.
Guardiola provides minimal details regarding Silva’s specific injury, except that it will keep him out for a short period. He assures that while it is not a significant concern, the recovery timeline can range from one week to two weeks.
Guardiola acknowledges the challenge posed by Nottingham Forest, currently in eighth place under the management of Steve Cooper. He recalls their 1-1 draw against Forest at their home ground in February, highlighting their physicality and organization. Despite the challenge, Guardiola maintains optimism, believing that City has the ability to secure their sixth consecutive victory with the support of their fans.
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