‘He will not play if I smell this’ – Pep Guardiola sends warning

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City stars that if any player if focused on their international chances more than City’s remaining fixtures before the World Cup, they will not play.

With squads for the tournament in Qatar to be announced soon, players may be conscious of not picking up any further injuries in the last three weeks of the Premier League season before attention turns to the World Cup. 

“He will not play if I smell this. I’m really good at smelling this. Tactics not, but smelling I’m really good,” Guardiola said ahead of the Brighton game of any player holding back to avoid injury in the coming weeks.

“And what is going to happen is that they are going to play because they will get injured when they are not ready. When you are focused, you don’t get injured. Brighton is the only thing that matters to me, and the team.

“I know, but also they can lose their place in the World Cup by not selected or many reasons so they have to be focused every single until the end. It is just two weeks and if you are here, you will be perfect for the World Cup. Otherwise, you will be in trouble.”