Maybe I’d play – Guardiola gives verdict on Carabao Cup clash with Newcastle

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has given his assessment on Carabao Cup game against Newcastle.

The City boss has spoken about the energy level of his team stating that there are injuries he has to consider ahead of the game, as Kevin De Bruyne, Bernado Silva, John Stones and Mateo Kovacic are still on the sidelines.

The Spanish boss has decided to treat his team with care despite admitting that Jack Grealish would be in action.

Guardiola had said: “Now I’ll go home, tomorrow training and day off afterwards, and prepare the game in Newcastle.

“We’ll see how many players we’ll have available. It will be good for Jack [Grealish] to take minutes, and of course some players have a lot of minutes, they are not going to play against Newcastle. That’s for sure.

“Carabao Cup is perfect when you are in the beginning of the season because the games at the beginning of the season you have all the squad, deep squad, for the guys that don’t play regularly, they have to play the minutes. That’s perfect.

“But we have a lot of injuries, I’m not going to waste one percent of energy for Carabao Cup, like Kyle Walker for  example, like Ruben [Dias], who have played 90 minutes for the national team, 90 minutes, because they are exhausted already. And we cannot lose it.

“That’s why we’re going to play with the guys who need it, maybe from the Academy, maybe if my back is getting better, [I can play] maybe a few minutes. We’ll see.”