Guardiola insists his Man City squad is stretched to the limit

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Guardiola insists his Man City squad is stretched to the limit

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits his squad is stretched to the limit after their opening win over Wolves.

City claimed an impressive 3-1 win at Molineux as Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus struck in their Premier League opener on Monday.

They remain without Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte and Eric Garcia while Ilkay Gundogan is self isolating after testing positive for coronavirus.


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City start their defence of the Carabao Cup against Bournemouth on Thursday and Guardiola knows they cannot afford to lose others.

“All we want is the seven players that are out to come back,” Guardiola said.

“Now we have a competition that we cannot spend the energy that we spent today, before Leicester, so we’re going to play mostly academy players and try to keep the energy for the Premier League.

“With this lack of preparation and seven players out and not coming back soon, we have to keep the players from Monday as safe as possible.

“We will see how many are available, how they recover. We have just three days. We won the Carabao Cup three times in a row and we would like to continue but we don’t have the players in this period to play every three days.”

At Molineux, De Bruyne was brought down by Romain Saiss and then scored from the spot after 20 minutes before Foden made it 2-0, finishing off a flowing move.

Raul Jimenez pulled a goal back for Wolves in the second half but Jesus’ deflected strike settled the game in injury time.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, who is close to signing Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo, said: “It’s clear we performed better in the second half.

“We adjusted better, we created chances and moments. We scored late and we knew one goal would change everything.

“We should do better, especially defensively. The result cannot stop us from going in this direction. I take the positives but to play well we must defend better.”



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Jamie Carragher claims Manchester United’s lack of solidity in midfield and pace in defence is a “real problem” for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Crystal palace exposed those weaknesses in a comfortable 3-1 win at Old Trafford on Saturday, with Wilfried Zaha in particular tormenting Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.

Scott McTominay deputised for the absent Nemanja Matic in midfield, and the defence was frequently exposed as a result.


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Carragher accepts a lack of sharpnes and pre-season had an impact on the result, but claims United’s shotcomings should be a real worry for Solskjaer.

“I wouldn’t get too carried away, it was a really poor performance. It was the first game and it’s difficult to judge because we don’t know where players are fitness-wise,” said Carragher.

“But what I would say is, towards the end of last season they were playing really well, and they’ll get back to that. But I’m not convinced this team, who are now becoming a more possession-based team since Fernandes arrived, Pogba is in central midfield. The more possession you have, the more chance you can get counter-attacked.

“That midfield, for me, is not right. Even though they’re big names with Donny and Fernandes. That team will be far too easy to counter-attack again.

“This is Crystal Palace, who are good at counter-attacked but haven’t got the quality that other teams have. With the pace at centre-back, and how open they are in central midfield, United are going to have a real problem stopping teams on the counter-attack.”



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