After a disappointing Premier League defeat at the weekend, attentions turn to the Champions League with a point against Olympiakos tomorrow securing qualification to the next round.

Here's all the key quotes from Pep Guardiola's press conference before this one...


Fans finally returning

After a statement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday, 4,000 fans in Tier 1 areas could return to stadiums after December 2nd. Pep Guardiola has welcomes the news if it can be done safely:

"If they believe it is the best, we will do it and hopefully it will work. If the government has decided they must have listened to the scientists and doctors. We are a lucky profession for the fact that we can do our job."

"How many jobs are closed and will not reopen? We are waiting to come back with our fans of course."


One point from qualification

After three wins from three, a point against Olympiakos tomorrow would secure qualification to the Round of 16 of this years' Champions League. Pep Guardiola knows the importance of resting players with the upcoming schedule. 

"It is important for our qualification and also to recover our feelings. To be able to win games is important. We can leave this competition until February and focus on other competitions, especially the Premier League."

"At the same time we know how difficult it is and if we are able to get results we travel to Porto and then have Marseille here. One step at a time but at the same time to recover, to come back and create good feelings."

Pep Guardiola finished by saying; "I have full respect for Olympiacos. I know they have struggled as we did at the beginning of the season with injuries but they remain a team built to win every game and even though they have some injuries, I have all the respect and I am more concerned about what we have to do as a team to try to win another game."

(Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

(Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Everybody fit bar Aké

Good news for Manchester City fans - everybody in the squad is back to full fitness, apart from Nathan Aké - who sustained a hamstring injury while away on international duty. That means Sergio Agüero, Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy are all back and available for selection.

On Agüero's injury concerns, Pep Guardiola said; "Today he trained again. What we want is for him to feel a good feeling in his knee. I know it is not his injury but we wait for him and there is still time, we have many many games to play and we will need him. We want him in the best condition."

(OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

(OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Guardiola on Torres

One of the stand-out performers so far this season is new signing Ferran Torres. He's managed to fight his way into the starting line-up and has seemingly impressed the manager.

"I am more than satisfied with his performance on the pitch but especially in the locker room. He is a humble and shy guy, loved by everyone. He is generous and young so he didn’t come with a lot of prestige so he has remained as we knew he was and we are more than delighted on and off the pitch."

(Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

(Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Pep's City been worked out?

After a bad start to the season, Guardiola was asked whether he feels teams may have figured out the way his sides play. 

"Do you think we change from the first season? The first action was not a counter, they ran two times in 90 minutes and the second one they were brilliant. We conceded one, two counter-attacks, another was offside and no more."

"We shot more, crossed more, didn’t concede a corner. We cannot expect to create a lot against Tottenham but even with that we tried to find a way but even with that we created. Aside from Liverpool, all teams defend so deep and we have to find a way to avoid."

"I don’t think counter-attacks are the big problem, I think the fluidity to attack is the target that we and I have to improve to know exactly what we have to do."

(Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

(Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)


Follow us on Twitter for match coverage: @City_Xtra