Pep Guardiola hit MORE defensive worries with Aymerica Laporte and Fernandinho who are suspected of clashing West Ham after being injured at Wolves … where Rodri and Nathan Ake ended the match as a pair of center-backs
- Manchester City holds a three-point lead over Liverpool with two games to go
- City’s penultimate Premier League game is played away at West Ham on Sunday
- Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte suffered injuries in the 5-1 victory against the Wolves
Manchester City were sweating again due to injuries on the defensive team as Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho drew the win against the Wolves.
Pep Guardiola has revealed that there are concerns for club captain Fernandinho, who had muscle problems ahead of Sunday’s penultimate Premier League game at West Ham.
Laporte left after falling to his knees the night City retained a three-point lead over Liverpool in the title race.
Manchester City captain Fernandinho had a muscle problem ahead of the West Ham clash
Rodri and Nathan Ake finished the game as City’s central defenders.
“Obviously he doesn’t look good with Fernandinho,” Guardiola said.
‘It will be difficult for Sunday. Aymeric had a hard time, and we will see for West Ham. ‘
City became the first team in the history of the top league to win five consecutive games with at least three goals, and Kevin De Bruyne climbed to 15.
Defender Aymeric Laporte came out after hitting his knee on Wednesday night
Guardiola praised the influence of the Belgian midfielder during the business end of this season – and revealed that he was bothered to add more goals to his game.
‘His second part of the season was more than perfect,’ the City boss said. ‘He has become prolific with goals this season. He was determined. Maybe this is the best year.
‘We’ve been talking for years about being closer to the box, to achieving (more) and this season is the year he was better. I have a feeling he started to enjoy scoring goals, before it was just assists. ‘
De Bruyne joked that he should have left Molineux with more than his four goals after he also hit the post. He has made two appearances for players of the match since Guardiola brought him in during last week’s striking defeat in the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola is eagerly waiting to reveal the extent of the injuries
‘To be honest I should have been five,’ said De Bruyne, who scored three with a weaker left foot.
‘Whenever the opportunity arises, do not hesitate. I’m never afraid to shoot the left side. Last week is hard to explain because it was a crazy five minutes. It’s not that we played badly, we just can’t explain for five minutes. I don’t know what happened, I was out of control on the bench.
‘You’re in shock. It’s not nice and the feeling is still not nice, but it needs to go further. We are still trying to win the title. ‘
Guardiola added that Erling Haaland has signed a £ 51 million signing: ‘It is a decision for the club to sign well for the future. There may be many, many more years to come, and I am pretty sure he will adapt perfectly to our team. ‘