Pep Guardiola press conference: John Stones; Roberto De Zerbi; Injury updates

Manchester City take on Brighton at the weekend in a bid to avenge Sunday's 1-0 defeat away to Liverpool.

Pep Guardiola's side were stunned by the Reds and now must respond as they welcome the Seagulls to the Etihad on Saturday, with the visitors coming in search of their first win under Roberto De Zerbi.

Brighton haven't even managed to find the back of the net in any of their last five visits to the Etihad Stadium, but are presented with the rare opportunity of being able to leave City without a win in three games, following their draw away in Copenhagen before defeat against Liverpool.

Here's what Guardiola had to say ahead of Saturday's fixture.

Team news

What is the latest on Kyle Walker, John Stones and Kalvin Phillips?

"I didn't speak with the doctors. Hopefully he [Walker] can make the World Cup if selected.

"John has trained last two days with us, tomorrow is on the list, and Kalvin is much better as well."

Roberto De Zerbi

Have you spoken with De Zerbi?

"We have seen [each other] two or three times, mainly talk about football. Really happy he's here. I just saw the last two games here, already playing the way they want to play. His impact in England will be massive. I congratulate him by phone when he was appointed, we don't speak again."

What is your opinion on his play style?

"The way he plays, he comes from Italy, he plays an incredible way, they have success with country and national teams. We expect both sides is good, Sassuolo an example, no matter the quality, if you believe in something, 100% the way you want to play, you can do it. He's the biggest example for all the managers. Doesn't matter results, the way you believe, in every place he has been."

What can you expect from Brighton?

"In Brighton [he] took over the team from [Graham] Potter who did an incredible job. So dynamic without the ball, with the ball incredible players like [Alexis] MacAllister, [Solly] March, [Pascal] Gross. All have incredible quality in small spaces. You see with the ball already what he has done."

Rest and recovery

How significant has the week off been?

"One advantage in seven years, not a problem. We are used to play until the last stages of competitions, all the teams who don't play in Europe have advantage over teams who don't play in Europe. If you take this point, they are better. We rest to prepare the game. Normally we play games where others have more time, we never complain. When we play Arsenal the other teams will rest."


Has the rivalry become toxic?

"I don't think so. From our side, I'm pretty sure.

"I didn't hear the chants [away at Liverpool]. If it happened I'm so sorry, [it] doesn't represent what we are as a team or a club, if this happens."

Source : 90min