August 19, 2017

Guardiola fires up City against Barca •Refuses to talk on Yaya Toure

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has warned his players that they must treat today’s Champions League game against Barcelona like a cup final and refused to answer question on future of Yaya Toure.

Having lost their Group C game at the Nou Camp 4-0 last week, City have some ground to make up after also drawing their other away game, 3-3 at Celtic.

Guardiola knows that his team really must take something from their rematch with his former club at the Etihad Stadium tonight.

Speaking at his lunchtime press conference yesterday, Guardiola said: ‘Every manager has his plan to try and beat Barcelona.

‘They know us and we know them. “Football is unpredictable. But for us this is a cup final and we have to play in that way.’

Guardiola, meanwhile, refused to take questions on the future of out-of-favour Yaya Toure.

He said: ‘I will not answer. I will not answer.’