On the eve of their return to the Champions League semi-final between Real Madrid and Manchester City (on The Indian Paper), Skyblues coach Pep Guardiola gave an update on his squad. John Stones, who was released after being injured in the first leg, has been confiscated.
Pep Guardiola has to adapt. Manchester City coaches will be without their central defender John Stones and probably their right-back Kyle Walker for the trip to Santiago-Bernabeu this Wednesday evening in the Champions League semi-final (game will continue from 9 p.m. on RMC 1) .
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At the pre-match press conference, the Spanish coach was asked about Stones, who was replaced by Fernandinho during the first leg (4-3). “He’s not in good shape,” he said simply confirming his package. With an ankle injury, the defender missed this weekend’s trip to Leeds in the league (4-0) when he returned from injury against the Merengue club.
Walker is “trained and will travel”
Absent in the first leg, Kyle Walker has not played against Atlético de Madrid (0–0) since 13 April. Still unsure, the right side will be heading to Madrid. “He has trained and will travel, informs Guardiola. Tomorrow (Wednesday) we will decide. He spent three weeks without training but I am glad he is back and I hope he will be available” .
If Walker fails to hold his position, Manchester City could count on the return of Cancello, who was suspended last week. “There is no doubt that Joao reassured his coach. He is really good.” Beyond this uncertainty, Pep Guardiola assured that there is “no guarantee that the same players will play in the same position” and will attempt to qualify for a second consecutive final with the “best eleven possible”.