“The squad’s good. It’s really good.”
Pep Guardiola is trying not to sweat a possible transfer ban for his Manchester City, long-tipped to make big moves in the central midfield and left back this summer.
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He really didn’t want to talk about the ban, saying it’s above his pay grade and he’ll get on with the job either way. He referred to the club statement and asked that he not be continually quizzed on the matter.
As for drawing Spurs in the Champions League, yeah, he’s got a bit more to say about his next opponent on the road to Madrid.
“It’s a different situation, year, opponent. You play four teams and two in the Europa it’s because the English clubs have gone through, it’s incredible, it’s what it is. Any team has strong points and weak, the same with us. Never in my life have I said it would be better in this situation, I want my players fit after the international break and ready for the next months. I need my players ready to play. I know Tottenham quite well, how good they are up front – Son, Kane, Alli, Eriksen behind, his set pieces – but if you talk about any team it would be the same. You cannot control what you think about the draw. We are going to play.”
He seems most impressed that six of seven European qualifiers remain alive in the quarterfinals of two tournaments, and for good reason.
This is still a tough slog for Man City, whose impressive depth will get the test it imagined upon construction.