Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed Ruben Dias, John Stones and Kyle Walker will play no additional half in a title run-in he feels “everyone in this country” desires Liverpool to win.
he triple damage blow has taken the gloss off what was in any other case a “perfect afternoon” for City as they thrashed Newcastle 5-0 on Sunday to maneuver three factors clear on the prime of the Premier League.
Dias was compelled off at half-time on the Etihad Stadium with a muscular drawback, becoming a member of Stones and Walker, who had been already sidelined with thigh and ankle accidents respectively, on the casualty record.
Guardiola mentioned: “Ruben, Kyle and John are out for the end of the season. Next pre-season maybe they will be ready.”
City had been given the chance to earn some respiratory house on the prime of the desk after quadruple-chasing Liverpool had been held to a draw by Tottenham on Saturday.
The two sides have been locked in a good title race however with simply three video games left to play, and a now superior purpose distinction, City look to be in agency management.
Afterwards Guardiola took intention at what he perceived as beneficial protection of the Merseysiders’ problem.
Speaking on beIN SPORTS, the Spaniard mentioned: “One week in the past, we had been in entrance, (however) everybody on this nation helps Liverpool, the media and everybody.
“Of course Liverpool have an incredible history, in Europe and competitions. Not in Premier League, just won one in 30 years. But it is not a problem at all. The situation is what it is.”
City had been spectacular as they swept Newcastle apart in an outstanding response to their heartbreaking Champions League semi-final loss to Real Madrid in midweek.
Raheem Sterling struck twice whereas Rodri, Aymeric Laporte and Phil Foden additionally received on the scoresheet.
“I am very pleased,” mentioned Guardiola, whose facet now journey to Wolves on Wednesday. “It was an ideal afternoon.
“Just earlier than the beginning of the sport I felt the gang had been disillusioned however not grumpy or upset about who we’re as a group.
“What now we have executed immediately now we have executed the final 5 years each three days. Three extra factors, three video games left, one competitors to play.
“We have large issues on the again as a result of now we have simply three defenders for these three video games however we’re going to attempt to do it.
“Wednesday turns into completely a last, last, last for us. If we’re capable of win perhaps we’re capable of arrive within the final recreation, at house, with our individuals and attempt to make back-to-back (titles).
“Still, of course, everything can happen in football. If it can happen in 56 seconds three days ago it can happen in three games.”
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe conceded his facet had been crushed by the higher group however denied they had been already serious about their summer time holidays having pulled effectively away from the relegation battle.
Howe mentioned: “We tried to be constructive however you may’t make particular person errors right here. If you do that you simply’ll concede, and we did.
“Those small particulars matter they usually punished us. There’s no higher studying curve than enjoying Liverpool (final week) and Manchester City. They’ve taught us so much about potential areas we have to enhance.
“We can’t be too negative about today. I can assure everybody we are not on the beach. We have just played two world-class teams and got beaten.”