Original title: Guardiola: The coach was agitated by the referee and it was difficult to handle. I said it myself and I didn’t say Arteta.
Live Broadcast News on November 6th. At 4:00 on November 8th, Beijing time, Manchester City will face Young Boys of Bern at home in the Champions League group stage. Coach Guardiola attended the press conference.
Guardiola: I have nothing to update. He trained this afternoon and we will talk to the team doctor. Yesterday he said he was feeling better.
Guardiola: We don’t think about it. We feel more comfortable playing at home. You have to win and win every game. We haven’t drawn or lost at home yet, which is unbelievable.
Guardiola: We all know he is an incredible player. He can play as a centre-back or full-back. Defense and offense – he’s receptive to what we ask him to do. He’s an incredible professional, so I’m really happy. He already has experience participating in the World Cup and European Cup. He won two cup titles in Germany and was a regular for the national team.
Guardiola: Very good. We will work hard tomorrow and qualify for the knockout rounds in February. This means a lot to the club, from Pelligrini to Mancini, reaching the knockout stages is success. We tried to stay calm and look back at the last time we played them, we were in trouble after 1-1 and every time we lost the ball, they counterattacked very well.
Guardiola: There is a little difference. For example, handball. There are some things, but I don’t know… I feel like every country has some things that are confusing. The emotion after the game was so emotional. It’s difficult to deal with – I’m talking about myself, not Arteta or any other manager. We can’t talk to the fourth official, there’s nothing we can do. That’s not much of a change from last season.
Guardiola: I don’t know, it’s a sensitive issue now. This happens in many games. It’s difficult for the referee and for us.
Are you angry in the locker room?
Guardiola: No, we are in the best mood we have been in for years. I have never met such an incredibly lovely person. It’s understandable that some players can’t play, but it’s really good and I like this group of players.
Guardiola: No, we will try our best to finish the game first. We can only play one game at a time. Tomorrow we play Young Boys and then we play Chelsea. Of course, if we don’t advance to the knockout rounds tomorrow, we still have one or two chances. If we have the chance, we have to achieve it.
Doku kicks to the right?
Guardiola: No, I have no plans. He has the ability to play, and in the game against Young Boys of Bern, he made a cross, but Haaland missed the opportunity.
We did the same thing with Sterling and Sane. Doku on the left has been fantastic so far. He’s still young at 21 years old, and in terms of his skill set and ability on both ends of the court, I don’t see a lot of guys covering both ends of the court like him. He can reach the next level and I hope in the next few years he can take that step and become a better player. There are thousands of games, and Doku can’t play them all. We try to change, I always do. I have to say I have to play well.
Will Haaland get a break?
Guardiola: I will see if he can play on Tuesday or Sunday, he will have a lot of games to play.
Will Alvarez’s position move forward?
Guardiola: Now, yes, he canforward premise. He can play both positions, which I’m happy about.
Club World Cup
Guardiola: This game is difficult. I’ve played three times before. The first game was tricky. People are talking about the final. We will get there and be ready. The team hasn’t won this trophy yet, so sometimes the players talk about it in the locker room.
About Young Boys of Bern
Guardiola: I’m sure my colleagues watched the game. When you play against the same opponent in the Champions League, you may not understand what is going on. The pitch can be difficult at times, and that’s true for them. I made a good impression on the road.
I respect them very much. Hopefully we have enough energy. We usually play well at home and are in good spirits. I hope we can be patient tomorrow.
They did a really good job up front and wide. They are both tall forwards and it is difficult to beat them in those positions. We have to get into our rhythm quickly and be aggressive in the final third.
When we have the chance to advance to the knockout rounds, we have to take it. I didn’t watch their last game, I have time tomorrow morning. We are too busy!
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