Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he “doesn’t have many players” for the Carabao Cup semi-finals with Manchester United.
City ranks have been hit by a COVID-19 outbreak that forced the club’s training base to temporarily close.
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They beat Chelsea 3-1 on Sunday at Stamford Bridge without Ederson, Kyle Walker, Ferran Torres and Gabriel Jesus, and Guardiola says he still has limited numbers ahead of the derby at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
“We don’t have a lot of players and as I said after the first press conference it’s okay to play a game or two, but if it goes on for a long time and I can only use 14 or 15 players it will be more difficult.” “Said Guardiola.
“Like everyone in the world, we adapt, you have to adapt our lives and professions as much as possible, and we have no alternative.
“The most important thing is that the guys can recover well with COVID and the guys handle it well and try to avoid it as much as possible.”
City face a United States side level on points with Premier League leaders Liverpool after a series of undefeated national team games dating back to November 1. City have beaten their way back in the running for the title with the impressive win at Stamford Bridge and Guardiola believing United will be one of the main contenders for the trophy.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United are confident ahead of Manchester City semi-finals.
“You have always been a contender,” he said.
“Every year when we start the season United is a competitor. If it hasn’t happened in the past few seasons, it’s a question for them.
“Years ago it was between two, maybe three, but no more. Now there are a lot of teams and everyone can win and everyone can lose.
“We will now see the consistency of every club and the ups and downs, every club has good and bad moments.
“As long as the competition goes on, I think the big teams will lose fewer points. This is the real Premier League competition where anyone can beat anyone.”
“It’s about being calm, being fresh for the moment of the game, not getting infected by this pandemic situation around the world and being fresh the moment the game starts.”