There is a much more relaxed feeling at Manchester City currently than at the stage of last season. Last May, the Blues were ahead of Liverpool in the Premier League title race by a single point and had a banana skin at Aston Villa on the final day when Steven Gerrard tried to do his old team a favor. .
This time, there will be no need for a radical change to clinch the title, having already lifted the trophy at home against Chelsea last weekend. But Pep Guardiola has two finals to prepare, starting with the FA Cup.
He takes his team to Wembley just six days after Sunday’s last-day trip to Brentford to take on arch-rivals Manchester United.
Guardiola has named rotated teams in City’s last two outings, but is expected to field a stronger line-up to build momentum ahead of the trip to London.
The coach referred to the news of the team, as they face Manchester United and Inter Milan in the respective finals of the FA Cup and the Champions League, and the new contract of Scott Carson.
Meanwhile, the triplet was talked about with also a quick question about his cameo on the Ted Lasso TV show.
Follow what Guardiola has to say on our live blog below:
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Guardiola updates the injuries of seven players before Brentford
Manchester City will give their injured players as much time as possible to get fit for the Premier League trip to Brentford, although Pep Guardiola could not confirm whether or not some of his key players will miss the game.
City faced Brighton this week without Nathan Ake, Ruben Dias, Manu Akanji, Aymeric Laporte and Jack Grealish in the squad, with Guardiola saying they were not fit enough.
Phil Foden and John Stones were substituted as a precaution, although Foden has been photographed training on Thursday.
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On Scott Carson’s new deal
We talked this morning. He deserves it.
He’s a guy when he talks everyone listens. He helps run quality training sessions, especially after a match.
We have him in the dressing room and with the squad you can’t believe the impact, we are very happy to have him.
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They know where we are. It comes once in a lifetime, coming out as Premier League champions with three games to go and playing in two finals.
You have to relax and enjoy and give your best. No one can be sure that we will ever be in that position again.
ted lasso cameo
As a family we are very fans, my daughter and my wife enjoyed watching the program
When they came to offer a cameo, I said why not and I was able to meet the actors.
One of the games they had came here and we had a chat, it was nice.
Us [City] we are very proud to make Man City what we are. These are steps to show how we can [build] in the past.
Approach to the final
Whatever you do is fine. Now it’s a matter of relaxing your mind as much as possible and keeping up your game.
That’s why Brighton and Brentford will help us. We will be 30 minutes, 45 minutes in the training field and the game.
Again about Vinicius Jr.
There are a lot of blacks coming forward to stand up for what they shouldn’t stand up for.
I hope justice does.
teams for finals
I have a plan for United and/or Inter. You have to prepare in another way.
I have to see how many players I have, if they are fit.
After seeing United yesterday, I’m really impressed. I’d be careful anyway, but after yesterday and recent games, we’ll prepare as best we can.
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Thoughts before the finals
In my experience, the best way to play a final is to disconnect as much as possible.
Even our physios and cooks need to disconnect. They are here working 10 hours, it is a stressful period.
So go with your families, play golf, do whatever you want. You have to train few but exactly what we did for the final.
I go with my family. I don’t forget football but… family time, good restaurants.
Inter de Milan
I’d say I saw a bit last week, but not this week.
I am more focused on United. I saw the game against Chelsea and I started to review what they have done.
To prepare for that match, and see what players we have at our disposal.
Racist chants to Vinicius Jr.
They should [La Liga learn from the Premier League]. Here they are so strict. [on fighting racism]. They know what they have to do. This is a problem everywhere… to think that we are better than our neighbors, we are better than each other.
For all generations everywhere. Our ancestors come from migrants, wars, dictators and they have to move countries. Build families there and return to where you were born.
The problem is that there is racism everywhere. Not only by gender but by color. Believing that our language is better than the other, our country is better than the other.
We need to accept diversity as a human being, but right now, we are a long way from that. Hopefully we can improve in Spain, but I’m not optimistic.
team against brentford
They have once again had an impressive season. They are so hard to play against. What they do, they do brilliantly.
I will play the game as hard as possible. If the players are available, we will pick them.
It’s getting better, some of them. They train tomorrow afternoon and we will decide how they are for the last game because we have to keep up.
No (definitely no one is out). Some of them are half half.
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5 minutes to go
We expect Guardiola here shortly
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Possible topics of conversation today
- Team news including fitness updates from Ake, Grealish, Akanji and Dias
- treble talk
- Lineup selection vs Brentford
- Gambling charges against Brentford’s Ivan Toney
- FA Cup final
City Injury Concerns
Pep Gaurdiola is expected to deliver the latest news on five injured City players this midday.
Aymeric Laporte, Manuel Akanji, Jack Grealish and Ruben Dias missed the draw with Brighton in midweek, while Nathan Ake missed the last three games with a hamstring problem.
Haaland in the treble
“There are two finals left, we have to stay focused even though we won the Premier League.
“We have to stay focused to achieve what we can achieve in the next two finals. I will do everything I can to achieve good things in the finals and I hope to win both.”
“It’s good to be favorites (against Inter Milan in the Champions League final) because it means we have qualities, we have to attack the game in our own way, play our football and in the end we’ll see who wins it.”
City record vs Brentford
Brentford are the only team to have beaten Manchester City at the Etihad this season, the Bees pulling off a memorable 2-1 victory in November.
That is their only win against the Blues in five games, although only three of those have been played in the 21st century.
City were victorious 1-0 when they last traveled to Brentford in December 2021.
Before that match, the last time they traveled to the Bees for a league game was in March 1951, although they played four cup games in the intervening years, winning one and losing three.
Of the 16 meetings between the pair, City have won nine times and drawn once.
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Scott Carson signs 12-month renewal
Third choice goalkeeper Scott Carson has signed a new one-year contract renewal this afternoon.
It means the 37-year-old will remain at the Etihad for a fifth year having played just two games since first arriving in 2019.
“Scott is a real asset to our team and enjoys a close working relationship with the goalkeepers and coaches,” said the city’s director of football, Txiki Begiristain.
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“We have been fighting for nine months to get to this moment.
“We want to grab it. We want to be ourselves, give it our all.
“We have to keep the same energy, the same state of mind, the same ambition as in the previous games. With this spirit and with the help of the people, we can achieve it”.
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