Pep Guardiola admits replacing Rodri would be a difficult task even at Manchester City

As the Spaniard serves a ban, Pep Guardiola acknowledges that Rodri is ‘tough to replace’ for Manchester City

Rodri was sent off during the Premier League victory over Nottingham Forest last weekend and will now serve the second of a three-game suspension by missing this weekend’s encounter at Wolves.

The 27-year-old’s absence is a serious setback for the Citizens, who lost to Newcastle in the Carabao Cup midweek without the crucial player.

For the following games against Wolves and Arsenal, Guardiola acknowledges that it will be difficult to replace Rodri, but he insists that City will try to “find another quality.”

Midweek, Newcastle gave Kalvin Phillips an opportunity, but he struggled as City fell 1-0 at St. James’ Park. The English midfielder’s rocky time at the club continues, and Guardiola acknowledged that Phillips’struggles more’ in specific games. Guardiola is not discounting the calibre of Wolves, who have only won once in six Premier League games this season, City’s opponents this weekend.

“When you observe their unique qualities, particularly those of [Pedro Neto, Matheus Chunga, and] [Hwang Hee-chan] up front. They are excellent. The work Gary O’Neil did with Bournemouth was excellent. “The quality is there, but they missed opportunities against Brighton and Liverpool.”

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