Manchester City’s attention is now focused on Wolverhampton Wanderers, with their Carabao Cup defeat to Newcastle United firmly behind them.
The Blues had been in excellent form this season, with the setback against Newcastle being their first since the Community Shield defeat to Arsenal. Pep Guardiola’s players have a perfect Premier League record and will be heavy favorites when they visit the West Midlands on Saturday afternoon.
Guardiola, on the other hand, would want his City team to avoid complacency against Wolves, who are languishing near the bottom of the Premier League. The manager discussed Jack Grealish and Rodri’s potential replacement ahead of the match.
Guardiola issues a stern warning to Grealish
Grealish has returned from injury, but he is not guaranteed a place in City’s starting lineup.
Grealish came off the bench against Nottingham Forest last weekend before making his debut in the Carabao Cup against Newcastle. Grealish was a vital role at the conclusion of last season and started this season as first choice on the flanks, but the addition of Jeremy Doku has given the winger some new competition.
Doku has wowed fans this season, scoring a fantastic goal at West Ham and coming off the bench against Newcastle as City searched a score.
Guardiola teases Rodri’s replacement.
As he considers how to replace Rodri against Wolves tomorrow, Guardiola has indicated that he will search for a player who provides something different than Rodri.
The Spaniard is in the second game of a three-match ban after being sent off against Nottingham Forest last Saturday. Kalvin Phillips was always expected to fill in at Newcastle in the Carabao Cup in midweek, but the England international has only started two Premier League games for the club, both of which came after the team won the title last season.
Phillips has a chance to keep his spot, but Mateo Kovacic and Matheus Nunes, who returns to Molineux for the first time since his unhappy exit, could also be utilised.