Manchester City continue their quest for the FA Cup when they visit League Two side Cheltenham Town on Saturday. The Blues have already beat Birmingham City to reach this stage, whilst the hosts easily dispatched Mansfield Town.
Here's all the key quotes from Pep Guardiola before this one...
De Bruyne out for 4-6 weeks
The news we really didn't want to hear. After various scans since being taken off in City's 2-0 win at home to Aston Villa, Kevin De Bruyne is set to be out for '4-6 weeks' Pep Guardiola has confirmed.
"We have to move forward. I'm not saying anything that anyone doesn't know, it is unfortunate for him and for us. We have to find a solution - everyone in their own life is struggling in the situation we are living. We have to adapt."
Updates on Walker, Garcia, Laporte and Aké
Starting with Walker, the right-back had a 'big impact kick' on his hips, but just a kick, and is unavailable for tomorrow, according to Pep Guardiola.
The good news is that Aymeric Laporte is back to full fitness after a hamstring problem that's hampered him for a few weeks now. As is Eric Garcia, who has made a full and swift recovery from COVID-19
Unfortunately though, Nathan Aké is still not ready for this one.
Pep on Sergio Agüero
The man really cant catch a break at this moment in time. After Sergio Agüero confirmed he has tested positive for COVID-19, Guardiola has sent his well wishes and hopes he can rejoin the team very soon.
"What we wish right now with Sergio [Aguero] is he feels better. He felt uncomfortable for the first two, three days, tired like all the Covid-19 symptoms. Hopefully he can recover well and step by step return to the training sessions."
"We have missed our best striker for a long time but we have lived without him and we need to wait for them to come back as soon as possible but move forward without them..."
Bernardo Silva is BACK
After a stunning opener to break the deadlock against Villa, Bernardo Silva is looking back to his old self. With the news on De Bruyne, the Portuguese midfielder will need to step up in a crucial run of fixtures. Pep is delighted he's starting to find form:
"He's back. He struggled last season, maybe for the lack of minutes or maybe because he was not like him. He has always been so important for us but he cannot play every single game."
"We have alternatives, we have the academy, we are incredibly happy that Aymeric and Eric is back and hopefully Nathan can be back because we need everyone."
Pep wants to win all competitions
Hardly a surprise, but Guardiola has batted away any indications he's prioritising one competition ahead of another. He feels the squad is there to compete on all four fronts.
"Not going to happen with me. The Premier League is the most important, then the Champions League but four Carabao Cup finals in a row - every game's important. If we arrive without players we play with the second team. We don't drop any game."
"We compete in all the competitions and it is so important to have fit, healthy players but it is so impossible when they play every three days for 11 months. There are injuries at all clubs and we know it. We try to avoid it, more medical advice than ever."
"More nutritional advice, try to take care of players but they are humans and at some point the bodies say it is enough. With the amount of games and competitions in last five seasons, the players don't want to get injured but there are injuries."
Focus is on Cheltenham
Getting to Round Four of the FA Cup is a great achievement for Cheltenham Town and they will be buzzing for the visit of one of England's greatest teams. Pep Guardiola has said the opposition deserve all the respect but admits some academy players may be involved.
"Cheltenham deserve my respect. Now I am going to play the team against Cheltenham, we are training exactly what we want to do to try and beat them.."
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