Pep Guardiola has launched a fierce defence of his Manchester Metropolis gamers after Patrice Evra questioned their character and mentality following the last-gasp Champions League defeat to Actual Madrid.
Metropolis suffered a late collapse on the Bernabeu to overlook the possibility to achieve the ultimate for the second 12 months in a row.
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Patrice Evra was probably the most vocal detractor however Guardiola, who has watched his group transfer to inside 4 factors of the Premier League title for the reason that defeat in Madrid, was fast to remind former Manchester United defender Evra that he was a part of the group which misplaced closely to Guardiola’s Barcelona aspect within the 2011 closing.
“Specialist former gamers like [Dimitar] Berbatov and [Clarence] Seedorf, Patrice Evra and these sort of individuals, they weren’t there [in Madrid],” Guardiola advised a information convention on Friday.
“I performed in opposition to them and once I performed in opposition to them I did not see this sort of character after we [Barcelona] destroyed them within the Champions League closing in opposition to United. It is the identical character and character. We do not have character as a result of we concede two objectives in two minutes after we had two probabilities to attain and we do not have character? After the final 4 video games we rating 22 objectives we’ve unbelievable character. I am sorry however I fully disagree about this.”
Additionally on Friday, UEFA fined Man Metropolis €14,000 (£11,910) for the “improper” conduct of their gamers throughout their Champions League quarterfinal second leg draw in opposition to Atletico Madrid.
In the meantime, Metropolis can take one other step in direction of the title in the event that they win at West Ham on Sunday.
Liverpool face Chelsea within the FA Cup closing on Saturday and by the point they play once more within the Premier League, Metropolis could possibly be six factors clear with a superior aim distinction.
Guardiola has damage issues on the again with solely Joao Cancelo, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Nathan Ake obtainable.
Kyle Walker, John Stones and Ruben Dias have been dominated out for the remainder of the season however Metropolis will give Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho as a lot time as potential to show their health forward of the journey to the London Stadium.
“They [Laporte and Fernandinho] are in remedy for these two days and we are going to see on Saturday,” Guardiola stated.
“I believe they may attempt to we are going to see which gamers can be found to play. I believe [until] the day of the sport we will be unable to resolve precisely on the provision of the gamers.”
If Laporte and Fernandinho do not make it, midfielder Rodri could possibly be compelled into motion on the again alongside Ake.
“I stated earlier than, if we’ve to deal with these absences for a number of months we will probably be in large hassle,” Guardiola added.
“However for one or two video games, the gamers will do their greatest when not enjoying of their place. The focus and focus once you play in one other place is larger and like we noticed in opposition to Wolves, they’ll do it advantageous.”