Pep Guardiola (51) stores information about Erling Braut Haaland’s physical condition ahead of the last game before the World Cup kicks off.
The match kicks off at Al Ittihad Stadium on Saturday at 1.30 pm. At the moment, it is uncertain if Haaland is in the starting line-up. On Wednesday, the ice arc was rested in the 2-0 win over Chelsea. The reason is the ankle injury he suffered against Borussia Dortmund last month.
– we will see. We are training today, Guardiola said when asked during Friday’s press conference if Haaland will play.
– How much better?
– A little, the city chief answers succinctly.
Saturday’s opponent occupies eleventh place after 14 games with 16 points. City occupies second place in the English Premier League after 13 games and has twice the number of points achieved by the team of Danish coach Thomas Frank (49).
– It’s the same manager and the same style as last season, but they changed their look a little bit. I remember how hard it was for them. It will be very similar this time. It’s the last game before the Premier League stops. Guardiola says: We want to do our job.
City manager Mikel Arteta was part of Manchester’s support staff before his compatriot took over at Arsenal. Now the two managers are vying for the Premier League title. So far, Arsenal have been the best by two points.
– They will be there. Guardiola says: They will be contenders for the title.
At the same time, he confirms that the season is long and there is no need to stress. As Guardiola previously mentioned, he again said that he would have preferred Haaland to also go to the World Cup and experience the tournament with Norway. Instead, the Norwegian will get 10 to 14 days off, which he will use, among other things, to improve his form.
The World Cup kicks off with Qatar vs Ecuador on Sunday 20 November. The first round of the English Premier League after the tournament begins on Boxing Day, with City away from Leeds on December 28.
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