Pep Guardiola has sent out a message to his players ahead of next week’s Manchester Derby.
“Of course now it is important but it is not just to prepare absolutely for United and Old Trafford, because against Marseille we’re going to play to win. This is the way big teams create the mentality. It doesn’t matter what competition you play, you have to try to do it, and we did really well all game.”
When asked about possible changes in the squad, Pep left it to the situation at hand.
“It depends if they’re tired, it depends on their behaviour on the pitch, in training sessions, in the locker room, in many situations. We will see.”
He seemed focus on the situation right now rather than think ahead.
I cannot answer this question. I am sorry. Now is the time to have dinner, rest, tomorrow travel and prepare for Fulham. We will see. I have 20, 21 players and of course they are available.
If they can play, they are going to play, but maybe some players get rest and no selection, and the young academy is going to the bench. I don’t know, right now I cannot answer this question.”