Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola is in big trouble considering that Rodri will not play against Arsenal. The Spanish coach still does not know who could replace Rodri. The fact that Kevin de Bruyne, probably the most important player on the team, has been injured for a long time is also worrying.
This will be a very important match for Manchester City, considering that Arsenal is the team that will aim to become the champion this season. Last season they had a good chance to lift the trophy after 18 years, but it seems that they will not give up on their goal.
‘We will see what happens. Rodri is one of the two or three best holding midfielders in the world so his influence on the team is big. But he’s not there. ‘We will see what happens. Rodri is one of the two or three best holding midfielders in the world so his influence on the team is big.
But he’s not there.' - he said, as quoted by METRO!
Pep Guardiola and his options
Guardiola can be happy considering the width of the bench. The protocol contains a number of options that can be selected. In spite of this, it is difficult to replace players like De Bruyne and Rodri when they are injured.
The dream of every coach is to have such players in his team, but when an injury occurs, it is hard to find a replacement who is an equal player. This is why Guardiola needs to make sure that his team has a deep squad with many talented players who can step in when needed.
‘We’ve coped with absences in the past and we’ll have to adapt. The team spirit is much more important than any tactic. If one player makes a mistake your teammate is going to help you. The relationship [between the players] is so important and when we have an absence as important as Rodri we need to look deep inside us to solve it.
We cannot start crying and complaining, we have to find a solution and my players will be trying to win in London.'