Pep takes stock of the workforce

On the eve of the match against Brighton, Pep Guardiola took stock in a press conference on the state of his workforce before resuming the championship.

Agüero was absent last Sunday in City’s FA Cup victory over Birmingham. The Argentinian was put in solitary confinement after coming into contact with a person positive for the coronavirus.

Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Aké, still injured, will also be absent for the reception of Brighton, as will Eric Garcia, still in isolation.

However, Sterling could make a full comeback and give a boost according to the Catalan coach.

“He is in solitary confinement” explained Guardiola about the Kun Agüero.

“In ten days or so he will be back. Laporte is injured, Nathan too. Eric, Bernade and Cole Palmer are also in solitary confinement. The rest of the workforce is fit. “

City and Brighton’s form could not be more different coming into this game.

The comfortable win over Birmingham on Sunday was our sixth in a row in all competitions, whilst the visitors have won just once in nine games after scraping past League 2 Newport County on penalties at the weekend.

We have won our previous six Premier League games against the Seagulls, but the City boss is a big admirer of Graham Potter’s approach and has warned his players they’ll need to be at their best against a team whose style he enjoys.

“They are a joy to watch,” said Guardiola. “A joy to analyse.

“At the same time, when you see them you are concerned about the quality. I said to the players today, we have to be at a high standard to beat them.

“Forget the results we had in the past. They are better in all departments. They create more than they concede. The only issue is in the final third.

“I am a big fan of Graham Potter. Everybody knows what they have to do. They have the courage to play everywhere.”

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