Manchester City, Thursday (06), confirmed that the latest test carried out on players, staff and members of the coaching staff resulted in 21 positive cases of Covid-19. Among the injured is coach Pep Guardiola and his assistant Juanma Lillo. Consequently, the two will not be able to attend the commitment against Swindon Town, on Friday (7), for the FA Cup.
With the mandatory sacking of Guardiola and Lillo, third assistant coach Rodolfo Borrell will be responsible for leading the team at the next appointment. At the club since the 2013/2014 season, Borrell will have the first opportunity to direct the team. The 51-year-old Spaniard also has stints at Barcelona, Irakles of Greece and Liverpool.
In addition to the positive cases in the technical committee, seven players from the main team also tested positive, but their names were not officially disclosed by the club. Despite the rising number of cases in the face of a major outbreak of Covid-19 in the UK, Manchester City, along with the FA, have not asked for the match to be postponed.
For the match against Swindow Town, the planning made by Guardiola must be maintained. According to the English newspaper “The Sun”, the coach was at the club’s training center until last Tuesday (04), and was able to leave the game strategies very well organized. Manchester City’s biggest concern right now is Guardiola’s absence from the important game against Chelsea on January 15.
There are expectations that the coach has already recovered and is available until then, but a new Guardiola absence for the important match has not been ruled out. Chelsea are the current runners-up in the Premier League and the ability to beat an opponent is crucial to keeping Manchester City isolated at the top of the national competition.
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