Manchester City has been dealt another blow, this after manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that a total of five players are ruled out of Sunday’s league game against Chelsea due to testing positive for Covid19.
The former English champions already had a game postponed on Monday due to several players and staff testing positive for the virus. Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker were amongst those who tested positive last week which led to the game against Everton at Goodison Park being postponed until further notice.
The Spaniard says the club was ready to fulfil the fixture against Everton, but the Premier League advised the game should be cancelled on health grounds.
With no further reports of positive cases confirmed again, Sunday’s game at Stamford Bridge will continue as scheduled, but Guardiola’s options have been significantly reduced.
“We have five players out right now. Five players. The first cases were two players and two staff – and then three players the second time,” he told the club’s official website.
“The Premier league will not allow us to name the players, but tomorrow you will see because they will not travel. They told us not to and some clubs announce, some don’t. We have to respect the privacy of players. But tomorrow you will see the three important players who are not there. I am not allowed to tell you,” he added.
City have been having a lot of inconsistent results this season and a win at Chelsea could boost their confidence. The former Bayern Munich mentor is confident that his charges can go to London and get the desired results.
“Well, you are less in touch with the players and are not in the locker room, they just see us on the pitch. It is what it is. We have a good squad to go there and try to compete against a tough opponent in Chelsea. But we go there to play our game with enthusiasm and good will. We try to do our job and do a good performance,” he concluded.
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