Pep Guardiola with mounting injury problems in defence days before facing Real Madrid

Manchester City face Real Madrid next week.

It’s the first leg of the Champions League semi-final and it’s going to take place at the Etihad Stadium in England.

But first City have to do battle with Watford in the Premier League. They’re in the midst of an intense title race with Liverpool where dropping any points could cede the crown to The Reds.

And Pep Guardiola has a headache.

Kyle Walker, John Stones, Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias all have injury problems and will undergo lates examinations to see if they’re fit to play according to his pre-match press conference as carried by Diario AS. That’s not ideal so close to Madrid, especially given that Joao Cancelo is suspended for the first leg.

“We can’t give up points, nor can Liverpool,” Guardiola said.

“The players know this, we’ve been through it before. We played a final against Brighton so we can play another one tomorrow.

“When we finish tomorrow we have another match in three days, in the Champions League. Then we have Leeds. You have to be fresh, relaxed and ready for every game.”

City qualified from a Champions League group containing Paris Saint-Germain, Leipzig and Club Brugge to make it to the knockout stages. They beat Sporting Club de Portugal in the last 16 before knocking out Atletico Madrid in the quarter-final.

Madrid, like City are top of their domestic league. They’re 15 points clear of their great rivals Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

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  1. I feel for Pep but you can’t win everything. You can’t win all the time. Just do your best and leave the rest. If no trophy this season, you plan for the next.

    1. Thank you my brother.I think he should be more focus on the league title rather than the Champions league.This Real Madrid team are the most lucky team in this seasonChampions league and i can see them getting rid of Manchester City.

  2. Man city are good and focus but madrid knew how to overcome this stage. The big teams play them with fear thats why they can squeez out come back at any moment. Team filled with esperienced and are luckiest in the competition.

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