Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes Crystal Palace will pose a stern test at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.
Guardiola also revealed he has no injury concerns ahead of the game against the Eagles.
The former Barcelona and Spain star doesn’t have a problem defending Wayne Rooney’s drunk photos while on international break.
A day after Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he had few problems with the England captain’s actions on international break, Man City’s boss added his thoughts.
Guardiola, 45, was capped 47 times for Spain and seven times more for Catalonia during his playing career. And guess what? He drank.
“I was an international player and sometimes I was drunk. I was lucky there were no pictures. We are people and are old enough to take responsibility. But it’s private life, ” the BBC quotes him.
“I don’t like it when people comment on my private life so I won’t comment. I have a lot of respect for the career of Wayne Rooney.”
There is a bit, maybe a lot, of faux outrage here. Yes, Rooney is England’s captain and that’s a lofty gig, but to imagine Rooney as a lone wolf is patently false and naive.
Guardiola is relieved that his players are back fit from international duty, but stresses how important his entire squad will be in the next couple of months.
“The players who played 90 minutes are tired, especially the South Americans. But they are fit and that is the most important thing,” said Guardiola.
“The schedule is so stressful for the players. It’s so demanding. We cannot lose, cannot play bad. We have to handle that. There are 23 in the squad who all need to play.”