Manchester City moves three points clear but suffers three injury blows
Manchester City will be without the services of Ruben Dias, Kyle Walker and John Stones, as they seek to retain the title in the final three games of the season.
The team’s Spanish boss Pep Guardiola confirmed the defender’s long-term absences after his side tore apart Newcastle United in a 5-0 win on Sunday afternoon. The former Bayern Munich who’s eyeing his fourth Premier League title win with Manchester City claimed people want Liverpool, who are into the 2022 Champions League final, and Big Bass Bonanza Slot make them a 5/1 chance to complete a historic quadruple to win more than his side.
While John Stones and Kyle Walker were not able to make their matchday squad, Dias sustained a hamstring problem in the first half of the match and was replaced at the break by Fernandinho.
With Nathan Aké, on the hand, nursing an ankle injury that also makes him a serious doubt for the trip to the Molineux Stadium when they play against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday, Guardiola may be without four frontline defenders for the Midlands trip.
“Ruben, Kyle and John are out for the season,” he said. “In pre-season is the next time [we will see them]. We have 13.5 players because Nathan is not in perfect condition.”
Of the chase between City and Liverpool he said:
“The people want Liverpool to win more than us – it’s not an issue. It’s normal. Maybe they have more supporters all around the world and in England maybe more support Liverpool than us.
“Liverpool, alongside [Manchester] United, are the most famous team, with what they have done in history – in terms of titles, legacy, history, dramas, for many, many things.
“But we are, for the last 10, 11, 12 years, coming there [too]. I know we are sometimes uncomfortable [for people who don’t want us to], but I don’t care.”
With their win City pulled further clear of Liverpool (by three points), who drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon. Each team has three games remaining.
“What happened with Liverpool and today makes Wednesday an absolute final, final for us,”
Guardiola said. “If we can win, then maybe we come here on the final day against Aston Villa with our people looking to do back-to-back titles.”
The win also represented the perfect response to the elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid last Wednesday.
“It was a perfect afternoon,” Guardiola said.