Man City boss Pep Guardiola will not make any excuses as he prepares his battered and bruised side for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool.
Treble-chasing City face their chief title rivals in a Wembley showdown just three days after a draining and ill-tempered Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid in the Spanish capital.
The game is also the fourth of an intense 12-day spell in which they also played the first leg of their quarter-final tie against Atletico and participated in an exhilarating 2-2 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League.
Star playmaker Kevin De Bruyne and right-back Kyle Walker are major doubts having suffered foot and ankle injuries respectively in the fraught midweek encounter, while Phil Foden also required treatment for a head wound.
The City manager said: “Semi-finals of the FA Cup are always hard against this side, even with the top players fit and rested.
“I’ve learned as a manager when you arrive in the latter stages in all competitions you adapt to the schedule. If you want to complain (for a safety) net, you make a mistake. It is what it is.
“We have fought every season like this and we go through, and we are going to perform well.
“I said to the players I don’t want any excuses.”
These Guardiola’s comments were shared on Twitter by City Xtra and it attracted plenty of attention from the club’s supporters.
“Yes thats the spirit”
“Klopp could never”
“Well said Pep, we’re not crying”
“Whatever the result is tomorrow we’ll be proud that the team got through these tough 2 weeks, hopefully we’ll get a win 💙”
“Well looks like Pep is taking this game very seriously. I expect very less rotations only KDB Walker and Maybe Foden/Rodri. Let’s hope none of them get injured by fatigueness.”
“Even with sticks we go there like men”