Man City boss Pep Guardiola reveals change of plan to ‘retire older’

Guardiola has revealed change of plan to ‘retire older’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been rejuvenated in recent weeks, shrugging off the disappointment of a Champions League exit to hit form on the domestic front. “Ole is happier than me,” said Guardiola, whose preparations have been hit by five positive tests for Covid-19 among his players over the Christmas period.

“But I am not much concerned about United. I am so busy with what we have to do and what we can do with the players and the exceptional people we have in the backroom staff to move forward.

“They are there because they deserve it. Since I arrived I expected them to be there all the time. Sometimes in the last season it has not been possible, especially in the Premier League, but it is there.”

City will be without the five players to have tested positive – who are now all isolating – at Stamford Bridge.

Two of them are known in Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus but the other three – whose test results forced the postponement of Monday’s game at Everton – are yet to be named.

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