October 6, 2022

Pep Guardiola claims Aston Villa are ‘MORE harmful’ within the relegation zone and insists he would favor Steven Gerrard’s males to be in the next place forward of their ‘powerful’ journey to Villa Park

  • Man Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola is anxious about complacency in opposition to Villa  
  • Steven Gerrard’s males are in nineteenth place however the Spaniard says they’re a risk 
  • He warned his Metropolis aspect they face a ‘powerful’ recreation in opposition to a wounded animal 

Pep Guardiola warned Manchester Metropolis to stay cautious of a wounded Aston Villa.

Metropolis can go high of the Premier League with victory at Villa Park, the place Steven Gerrard is coming below growing stress after a poor begin to the season.

However Guardiola – who noticed his staff virtually blow the title in opposition to Villa in Could – fears a backlash with Gerrard’s aspect sitting within the relegation zone.

Steven Gerrard's men are under pressure after four league defeats

Man Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola (L) is bracing for a ‘powerful’ conflict in opposition to Steven Gerrard’s Villa 

Villa have endured a terrible start to the season but Guardiola feels they are still 'dangerous'

Villa have endured a horrible begin to the season however Guardiola feels they’re nonetheless ‘harmful’

‘They’re extra harmful proper now, I’d choose them to be in a greater place,’ Guardiola stated. ‘Tomorrow is harder for the truth that they’ve solely gained one recreation.

‘However their high quality is there. They added Leander Dendoncker, and Jan Bednarek, two skilled gamers. I can think about how powerful will probably be. I felt it instantly after we completed the sport in opposition to Nottingham Forest.’

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Metropolis will once more be with out Aymeric Laporte and Kalvin Phillips, nonetheless nursing knee and shoulder issues.

Laporte – who performed by the ache barrier on the finish of final season – may very well be dealing with one other six weeks out after surgical procedure over the summer time and was a key purpose why the champions spent £15million on Borussia Dortmund’s Manuel Akanji.

Guardiola said Aymeric Laporte will be out until after the international break and said his absence was one of the reasons they signed Manuel Akanji

Guardiola stated Aymeric Laporte shall be out till after the worldwide break and stated his absence was one of many causes they signed Manuel Akanji

‘I believe possibly after the worldwide break he shall be again,’ Guardiola added. ‘He is not going to drive it. I can not overlook being in that place – West Ham away, the ultimate recreation in opposition to Villa, we didn’t have one other various and he needed to play.

‘That is the opposite purpose we’ve gone for Akanji. After surgical procedure it wants time. We now have 4 unbelievable centre backs earlier than however generally Ayme had powerful accidents and Nathan (Ake) couldn’t play with muscular issues.

‘So we’ve had simply two centre backs with this extremely busy schedule. We had a possibility to deliver him, one 12 months left in Dortmund, a variety of expertise in Germany and Switzerland. He’s good for what we want, good within the construct up, quick, we performed in opposition to him for Dortmund, very happy to have him right here as competitors for central defenders.’