Pep Guardiola explains why Kevin de Bruyne was benched and Phil Foden missed Manchester City’s clash with Tottenham
Posted by  badge Boss on Feb 06, 2023 - 03:18AM
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City visited Tottenham on Sunday (Picture: Sky Sports)

has explained why Kevin de Bruyne was benched for ’s Premier League clash against as missed out altogether.

Man City travelled to north London on Sunday looking to cut Arsenal’s lead at the top of the Premier League to just two points.

The Gunners are bidding to win their first league title since 2004 but .

Guardiola made four changes from the side that last played in the Premier League, with De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Aymeric Laporte dropping to the bench.

Explaining Foden’s absence, Guardiola said: ‘He was there at the hotel. But he felt unwell all night – really, really bad.’

Guardiola also confirmed De Bruyne’s omission from Man City’s starting XI was tactical as the defending champions look to move to within two points of Premier League leaders Arsenal.

He added: ‘I am more focused on today than yesterday. Nothing has changed. We have to do our job.’

Kevin de Bruyne started on Man City’s bench (Picture: Getty)

The changes mean Kyle Walker, Nathan Ake, Julian Alvarez and Bernardo Silva all start for Manchester City, who have lost their last four trips to Tottenham.

Spurs are unchanged from the side that started their last Premier League game, meaning .

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte missed Sunday’s game as he .

Spurs assistant Cristian Stellini said: ‘Antonio is well, he is recovering at home. We are sad because he is not with us so he will watching the game at home.

Cristian Stellini takes charge of Tottenham in Antonio Conte’s absence (Picture: Getty)

‘He was involved up until this morning. We do not have a special communication so me and Ryan (Mason, first team coach) and all the staff are in charge.

‘We are ready to play. We spoke about the team and Antonio left me the decision because I managed the training.

‘We have to play with courage and be aggressive. There is extra responsibility. Every player together has to take extra responsibility. It has not been easy but I am excited.’

Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris added: ‘We have had a full week to prepare for game. We will miss our manager but the coaching staff have prepared us for the game.’


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