Man City news: Pep Guardiola sends defiant Liverpool message over injury crisis | Football | Sport


Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is adamant the club’s recent injury crisis won’t get in the way of the Premier League champions’ bid to retain their title.

City suffered a shock 3-2 loss at Norwich last week shortly after being dealt with a major blow in defence with the loss of Aymeric Laporte to a knee injury, while John Stones has since sustained a muscle problem.

However, the Manchester giants quickly got back on track as they picked up an easy 3-0 victory in their Champions League opener against Shakhtar Donetsk with goals from Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus.

And Guardiola is confident his side will overcome the recent injuries and will overtake Liverpool to return to the top of the Premier League.

Laporte could be out of action for up to six months whereas Stones may return in late October.

The Spanish boss said: “It’s not a problem, it’s a challenge we have to accept it and be positive and we will do it and be happy and work hard.

“After what happened in the last (three) years, I didn’t have doubts.

“The result was good but the performance was even better.

“Of course we can lose.

“We know before every game we can lose, even tomorrow.

“We have to have that feeling.

“But when we lose one Premier League game in eight months, why should we have doubts?

“Sometimes the opponent is better or more precise, or sometimes they do something we don’t expect or we don’t have the best performance.

“But I didn’t have doubts after one defeat what the reaction of the team would be because they’ve shown it many times in many years.”

City will take on Watford today (3pm) at the Etihad.

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