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Pep Guardiola's Man City press conference LIVE team news for the Champions League match vs RB Leipzig

Manchester City play RB Leipzig in their final Champions League group game, having already qualified for the knockout stages.

Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, speaks to the media after the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England on April 9, 2019. (UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images, photo by Steve Bardens)

When Pep Guardiola speaks to the media this afternoon, he may hint at his team's thoughts ahead of Manchester City's Champions League trip to Germany to face RB Leipzig.

Guardiola is poised to make a number of changes and rest some of his players ahead of next weekend's Premier League match against Wolves, as City have already topped their group with a game to spare.

Guardiola has mentioned players like Rodri, Bernardo Silva, and Joao Cancelo as having played 'too much' in recent weeks, while periphery players may have a chance to earn more consistent playing time in the coming weeks.

RB Leipzig fired manager Jesse Marsch last week, but they may still qualify for the Europa League if they match Club Brugge's result against PSG away from home. At the Etihad, these two teams played a 6-3 thriller at the opening of the group stage.

Right here, we'll bring you every word from Guardiola's press conference.

Here are some of fans views


Leipzig in crisis - which games did you see?

Crisis, I don't know about crisis. I respect a lot the impact of the people from Red Bull, create a proper style in many countries. I expect an aggressive team, won't allow us tiome to think. We will be pressed, we have to be able to play with a lot of touches, play with a rhythm because we cannot compete with their rhythm. It's so important for them, for us we don't play for points, we play because we want to do it and improve. Last month was really high, we try to continue to do that.

JOE BRAY

Impact from Leipzig manager sacking

Also are you interested in Dani Olmo.

Second answer is no. He is a Leipzig player. If we are interested I'm sure City will contact Leipzig. Saying that he is a fantastic, fantastic player. I'm happy he had the courage to leave Barcelona to develop his skills and then arrive at Leipzig.

About the impact for the new manager, Leipzig has a culture, they won't sign a manager who doesn't want to play their way. They want to play a specific way, pressing, gegenpressing, attacking, live, sleep, eat. This is the culture and the new manager will be similar like that. The impact of a new manager is clear, players open their eyes and play for the Europa League, an incredible competition, the money from UEFA. We won at home, it was difficult, what they did in Brugge. They are highs and lows this season but the philosophy, the way they play vs PSG they should win 2-0 ,3-0. They play their style, we have to be careful, impose our game. Play to improve. We don't play for the points, we play to improve. It's a perfect training game for us. We go to Leipzig, do a good dinner tonight to celebrate our qualification.

JOE BRAY

Leipzig manager change

Compared to German managers in the Premier League.

My impact on these manageres, Jurgen , Thomas and Ralf is zero. They set it for themselves. I learn from German culture and football a lot. I was a guy who got many things in this incredible country, they show how good they are, Nagelsmann at Munich. The manager for Southampton is exceptional, Ralf as well. Managers from Germany are a top level, I learn a lot from them.

JOE BRAY

English dominance in the CL?

Spain was one decade [of dominance], so more years to show that. The last years the latter stages we were there. What Liverpool, United, Chelsea have done. All four have qualified and it's a success for the PL.

JOE BRAY

Will the young players be loaned out?

They'll stay here. We don't have loans and we need them.

What level could they play at?

Development at the moment is to show they can play every week. After see which manager is there. We try to let them improve in the way we believe. As manager maybe they should go, go the way they want to play. They can do it in the second team but they aren't strong enough in the competition to make the step. They are training with the first team, the competition is so high, the quality the rhythm. That's why it's good to stay with us.

De Bruyne - importance of return

Kevin played the season from the beginning. Arrived from Euros and last season not good conditions and then corona. We've got him back, fight for a position like everyone. He doesn't have to show me anything, just to show he's back and himself. Do what he can do for the last five years. He's so necessary for the team. Bernardo and Gundogan know it, you have to be good for 90 minutes. I know all of them, they don't have to show me anything, they have to show for themselves.

Leipzig can still get Europa League

I don't approach the game thinking what they think. We approach what we have to do to win the game. We will try to win the game. It's prestigious for many teams, to practice what we're doing well and improve what we're not doing well.

Any more youngsters travelling?

Josh [Wilson-Esbrand], CJ [Egan-Riley] and Romeo [Lavia] plus Cole and Macca.

On Palmer and McAtee:

We have a lot of injuries, we need them in training. Romeo is training with us. The other guys. Normally when they play in the second team they play with us. But in the last game vs Leeds Macca and Cole were with them. It depends on the schedule and the condition of the first team. Now we have just Ferran injured. Gabriel won't travel to Germany for the orange yellow card he got in the last game has a problem so that's why he's not fit to play tomorrow. The rest are fit to travel and play.


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