Pep Guardiola confirmed on Friday that 5 Manchester Metropolis gamers is not going to be out there for his or her Premier League match towards Chelsea after testing constructive for the coronavirus whereas remaining in isolation.
Earlier than their away recreation towards Chelsea, Manchester Metropolis returned to coaching after the coronavirus outbreak, inside the workforce, triggered the postponement of Monday’s conflict towards Everton. The UK continues to battle COVID-19 and its new pressure.
“We had sufficient gamers to play towards Everton, we needed to play, however on match day with the day earlier than 4 instances, the virus was inside. I known as Ancelotti to announce the scenario as a result of we might play, but when we traveled and had contacted our contaminated gamers, we might infect Everton, “Guardiola instructed a press convention on Friday.
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“It was an excellent threat. Not solely right here. Everywhere in the world ”, he added.
Man Metropolis has recognized solely Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker as those that contracted the dreaded virus. Nevertheless, Guardiola mentioned that Manchester Metropolis have an excellent squad to journey to Stamford Bridge and play with enthusiasm and good will.
“We have now an excellent workforce to go there (Stamford Bridge) and attempt to compete towards a tough opponent: Chelsea. However we go there to play our recreation with enthusiasm and goodwill. We attempt to do our job and carry out effectively, ”Guardiola mentioned.
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Earlier on Friday, Chelsea supervisor Frank Lampard mentioned there have been a “couple” of instances amongst membership employees, however clarified that the gamers weren’t contaminated.
Manchester Metropolis are at present eighth within the Premier League factors desk after taking part in 14 video games, two fewer than league leaders Liverpool, and will probably be trying to topple Chelsea, who even have 26 factors, within the classification.