No ex­cuse for Man City play­ers: Guardi­ola

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Lon­don: As he pre­pares for his first Manch­ester derby, City man­ager Pep Guardi­ola has told his play­ers they can have ‘no ex­cuses’ this sea­son af­ter in­di­cat­ing they have bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties to work with than he even en­coun­tered at Barcelona and Bay­ern Mu­nich. Guardi­ola’s show­down with his old foe Jose Mourinho at Old Traf­ford on Sun­day will be ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated across the world. And though he will be without star striker Ser­gio Aguero – banned ret­ro­spec­tively for three matches af­ter el­bow­ing West Ham’s Win­ston Reid last week­end – Guardi­ola says his squad will be the best-pre­pared team in Europe. “We have ev­ery­thing we need to work. The play­ers can not com­plain. They have ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing to help them to be ready to play,’ he said. “To win or lose is an­other thing be­cause the op­po­nent can be bet­ter, but here there are no ex­cuses. If we are not ready or fit, it is be­cause we are not good enough.

“I have never seen fa­cil­i­ties like this. It is a big com­pli­ment for the chair­man, for the peo­ple of Abu Dhabi and of course the peo­ple at Manch­ester City.’

City have in­vested £200mil­lion in their so­called Eithad Cam­pus which com­prises of 16 foot­ball pitches, three gyms, cryother­apy and ul­tra-sound rooms and six swim­ming pools. Daily Mail

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