Pep Guardiola vows to REST Manchester City's star players at Chelsea

Pep Guardiola vows to REST Manchester City’s star players against Chelsea as he eyes up the ‘final’ of an FA Cup tie at Newcastle… even though failing to win could hand Liverpool the Premier League title TOMORROW NIGHT!

  • Pep Guardiola will rest some of his key Manchester City players at Chelsea
  • City travel to Stamford Bridge on Thursday but have little to play for in the league
  • Guardiola would prefer to rest his players for their FA Cup tie against Newcastle
  • But defeat at Chelsea would hand Liverpool the title if they beat Crystal Palace

Pep Guardiola has said he will rest some of his key Manchester City players against Chelsea on Thursday night, even though losing at Stamford Bridge could hand Liverpool the Premier League title.

Jurgen Klopp’s side will be crowned champions if they beat Crystal Palace tonight and City fail to win at Stamford Bridge 24 hours later.

But City’s gruelling schedule sees them play an FA Cup quarter-final at Newcastle on Sunday night and it is that game Guardiola is prioritising. 

Pep Guardiola has said he will rest some of his key Manchester City players against Chelsea

Defeat at Chelsea will hand the Premier League title to Liverpool if they beat Crystal Palace

‘We can’t deny that we have one eye on Newcastle,’ he added.

‘Chelsea and Liverpool are prestigious but Newcastle is or game. A final. We have one eye.

‘It depends on physical condition, the minutes they have played. We take a look a little bit at what is going to happen, not just Chelsea.’ 

Guardiola will definitely be missing Sergio Aguero after he came off with a knee injury against Burnley on Monday night.

The Argentine striker is already in Barcelona ready for surgery on a lateral meniscus injury in his left knee and is set for up to seven weeks on the sidelines. 

Guardiola wants to keep his City stars fresh for their FA Cup quarter-final against Newcastle

Gabriel Jesus is likely to replace Aguero for the time being but Guardiola admitted midfielder Ilkay Gundogan could play up front when he decides to rotate his options in the coming weeks. 

Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne have also played in that role in the past but Guardiola believes Gundogan could offer a different alternative.

‘We don’t have any doubts about Gabriel,’ Guardiola said. ‘The only doubt we have is that not one single player can play every three days.

‘Raheem can play in this position, even Gundogan and Bernardo. Not like a (proper) striker but we can use them.’ 

Sergio Aguero travelled to Barcelona to visit Dr Ramon Cugat for treatment on his knee 

Guardiola’s defensive options are set to be boosted for the fixtures ahead they with John Stones on the brink of a return.

City have been without the England defender since returning to Premier League action last week due to an ankle injury.

The centre-back is unlikely to be available at Stamford Bridge, however, but is making good progress in his recovery.

‘He’s training on the pitch,’ Guardiola added. ‘He’s getting better and hopefully he can join the team in the next few days.’

Reserve goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is also training again after a thigh problem.

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