Manchester City vs Crystal Palace
Manchester City’s next outing is set to see them face off with Crystal Palace at the Etihad on Saturday.
The Citizens head into the clash after suffering something of a shock loss at the hands of West Ham in the League Cup earlier this week.
The Sky Blues have dominated the competition under Pep Guardiola so their exit in the 4th round was something of a surprise.
But the Manchester outfit are no doubt eager to bounce back this weekend vs Palace.
City are unbeaten in the league this season since their opening weekend loss at the hands of Tottenham.
Crystal Palace, on the other hand, are struggling for wins under Patrick Viera and have won just one in nine league ties under the Frenchman.
Palace have, however, managed to draw six games this season, suggesting they will not be a pushover this weekend.
Pep Guardiola on Patrick Vieira & Xavi
Before facing off with Crystal Palace, Pep Guardiola would speak to the media on Friday afternoon.
The Spaniard would discuss a number of topics in his press conference, including Patrick Vieira.
Pep would be asked if the Frenchman has a chance of managing Man City in the future, to which he responded:
“I was delighted to see him again, he was here in my first season here. He was an important part of Arsenal’s history. After he went to New York, happy he’s back at the high level, doing really well, the last games were tough. They showed their quality and I’m looking forward to seeing him. All the managers around the world have chance to manage here.”
Elsewhere, Pep was asked about the possibility of Xavi replacing Ronald Koeman at Barcelona, to which he responded:
“First of all I don’t know what will happen. They have an intermin manager and I wish him luck, he’s a close firend. Xavi, if it happens, I don’t have any doubts he’s ready to do the job. He knows the environment which is so important. He knows the game, he has passion. He has more experience now than I had when I took over.
“Koeman knows and Sergi knows and Xavi and I know, the success depends on the recruitment and the players. People forget we are responsible but our influence is more minimal than people believe. The success I had was because of the quality of the players. Xavi of course is really good, I wish if Xavi is the next manager him all the best and hopefully step by step the team can come back.”
All quotes from the Manchester Evening News.
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