Pep Guardiola has no problem with playing Real Madrid second leg at neutral venue


UEFA verified the component will now occur on August 7 or 8, however the venue stays unidentified.

Pep Guardiola insists he would have no problem with UEFA moving Manchester City‘s crunch Champions League last-16 second-leg clash against Real Madrid far from the Etihad Arena.

City produced among the most remarkable efficiencies by a Premier League side overseas over the last few years when they originated from a goal down to protect a valuable 2-1 success at the Bernabeu at completion of February.

The return leg in Manchester arranged for March 17 was postponed since of the spread of coronavirus and though UEFA verified the component will now occur on August 7 or 8, the venue stays unidentified.

Manchester City originated from a goal to beat Real Madrid in February (Nick Potts/PA)

Whether it is kept in the north-west or Lisbon– which will host a 8-team knockout competition to identify the Champions League winners this season– Guardiola takes a reasonable view of the concern.

“We are going to adapt to what UEFA says,” the City manager stated. “It is an amazing situation today all around the world, not simply in football.

” If UEFA states we’re going to play away for the health and security situation then we are going to follow their guidelines.

“We’d love to play at the Etihad Stadium, but if UEFA decides to move to another country to play for security and the health of all of us and the Madrid players and backroom staff, we are going to adapt to what UEFA says.”

The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in the Premier League being postponed for 3 months although City resumed their campaign with a comfy 3-0 success over Arsenal behind closed doors at the Etihad Arena on Wednesday.

Eric Garcia suffered a concussion against Arsenal after a nasty unintentional crash with City team- mate Ederson (Dave Thompson/NMC Swimming Pool)

They invite Burnley on Monday night, when Eric Garcia will be missing out on after suffering a concussion in a dreadful unintentional crash with team- mate Ederson in the closing phases against the Gunners.

Fellow defender John Stones (ankle) and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo (hamstring) are on the roadway to recovery however are skeptical for the go to of the Clarets.

Guardiola still has an excellent quantity of his alternatives at his disposal and while he will withstand wholesale changes to his starting line-up, he desires as numerous members of his squad back up to speed as rapidly as possible.

City have 10 fixtures over the next 6 weeks– consisting of an FA Cup quarter-final against Newcastle– so Guardiola means to benefit from the guideline modification to enable as numerous as 5 alternatives per match.

He added: “It was not a problem against Arsenal, the players showed up to the game fresh, no issues. There is an absence of physical condition however they need to play minutes.

Leroy Sane has declined a new contract at Manchester City (Martin Rickett/PA)

” However when they play every 3 days, that’s the problem, built up minutes that’s when you start a problem.

“I’m not going to change 11 players every time but of course I’m going to use the chance to make five substitutions in every game, everyone must be fit.”

While Leroy Sane is looking for a move in other places after declining a new contract, the German winger is offered to play once again having actually not included for City considering that last August since of cruciate ligament damage.

He was an unused replacement in midweek and Guardiola confessed he is ruined for option in regards to his alternatives in the middle of the park.

“Leroy was a long time away, so it’s good he’s training without pain,” Guardiola added.

“I decide in the moment, the way he’s training, Bernardo (Silva), (Phil) Foden train well, they did incredible and they were not selected. I’m going to try to move the team, some will play more than others.”

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