Pep Guardiola Takes Pop At Man Utd's Style Of Play

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 1, 2017

Pep Guardiola says it will be impossible to replace what Benjamin Mendy brings to the Manchester City side.

Aguero is ruled out of Saturday's trip to champions Chelsea with a broken rib following a vehicle crash, while Mendy is set for around seven months out with a cruciate knee ligament injury.

Former Spain midfielder Guardiola is in his second season with City after successful spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. "Big clubs like Manchester City, if you don't win, you don't stay".

"If we start complaining we'll never reach the step we want to get to". I adapt especially for the quality of the players I have.

The club were superb in their 2-0 defeat of Shakhtar Donetsk, but news of a long-term injury to wing-back Benjamin Mendy and a vehicle crash involving striker Sergio Agüero has complicated matters ahead of the visit to Stamford Bridge.

"We've broken two pieces, how do we react?"

After a chastening first season at City, Guardiola spent big on new signings before the new campaign.

"I admire the Chelsea manager and the way they play". They can play awesome counter-attack, set pieces, they defend deep then attack.

Guardiola, it should be said, was not disparaging the English footballer.

Speaking at a pre-match press meet, Guardiola said: "In the way Benjamin Mendy plays, his energy towards goal, we can not replace him". When this happens it means a lot, it's a top team.

City have an overwhelming amount of firepower going forward, but Mendy's injury leaves them weaker at the back and vulnerable on the left flank, which could jeopardise their title chances. "That is why Chelsea are a good team".

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