Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola was this evening drawn on the chances of some of the key members of his first-team setup being afforded a rest this weekend.Open in new window
The Sky Blues, of course, are set to return to action in a little over 12 hours’ time.
In the opening fixture of the Premier League weekend, Guardiola and co. will welcome struggling Brentford to the Etihad, on Saturday afternoon.
The clash marks an important one for the champions, with City in the knowledge that a victory would put the pressure back on table-topping Arsenal ahead of the Gunners’ trip to Molineux later in the day.
In turn, it did not come as a major surprise upon the Citizens’ boss, this evening, making crystal clear his intention to field as strong a line-up as possible to face Brentford.
Chatter surrounding the plans of managers across the continent has been rampant throughout the week to date, amid suggestions that a host of high-profile names could be rested over the weekend, in a bid to avoid any last-minute injuries before the Qatar World Cup.
Guardiola, though, was unwavering in his stance that:
‘We aren’t going to rest players [vs Brentford] for the national team.’