Pep Guardiola says Man City ‘are in big trouble’ with Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker injuries, but Liverpool should have Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota fit for FA Cup clash April 15, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer
Pep Guardiola thinks his injury-hit Manchester City side ‘are in big trouble’ ahead of their FA Cup semi-final clash against a fully fit Liverpool squad.
City made it through a bruising quarter-final tie with Atletico Madrid to reach the final four of the Champions League, but didn’t come away unscathed.
Bust-ups on the pitch and in the tunnel saw an overly-physical tie descend into chaos, with two of Guardiola’s first choice stars taken out of the fray early.
Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker both left the pitch early with apparent injuries during the match, and the latter has since been photographed in a protective boot.
Guardiola was delighted with his team’s ability to keep the game scoreless, winning the tie 1-0 on aggregate, but wasn’t too optimistic about the immediate future.
“Today we celebrate because it is the third time in Manchester City’s history we are in the Champions League semi-finals,” he said post-match.
“But we can’t forget we played three days ago, travelled, came here, have a lot of injuries now and I don’t know what will happen in the next weeks.
“We cannot play all the time and score four or five goals, we are human beings – we come from a difficult game against Liverpool.
“We are in big trouble.”
Conversely, Liverpool picked up two knocks to key players, but those appear to be far less costly.
Mohamed Salah started the Reds’ Champions League clash with Benfica on the bench before replacing Diogo Jota just before the hour mark, and both had minor struggles.
Manager Jurgen Klopp commented on the situation, saying: “I said last night that Diogo got a knock – that swelled up slightly directly after the game, obviously while I was in the press conference.
“Diogo, good chance he will be alright but we need to have a closer look tomorrow. That’s it.”
“Mo’s knock, I don’t know really, nobody told me yet. I changed with two physios and nobody said to me Mo has a problem, so for the moment everybody should be fine.”
Neither of the duo managed to find the net during a 3-3 draw with Benfica which Liverpool through to the semi-finals with a 6-4 win on aggregate, with one of their fellow forwards taking the burden.
Roberto Firmino had a scoring return to Klopp’s line-up, netting a brace, while the side’s other two forward options, Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz, are also fit and ready for the run-in.
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