Kompany Report Buoys Guardiola After Cup Stalemate

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Huddersfield: Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola insisted Vincent Kompany had not suffered a severe harm setback after the captain missed Saturday’s goalless FA Cup draw at Huddersfield City.

The Belgian centre-back, who has performed simply six occasions this season due to a collection of harm issues, had been anticipated to determine towards the Championship aspect however was not on the Metropolis team-sheet.

Guardiola, nonetheless, performed down considerations about Kompany's health, though it’s unclear whether or not he’ll determine in Tuesday's Champions League sport at house to Monaco.

"Two days in the past, Kompany felt one thing in his leg. It’s not an enormous, huge challenge,” mentioned Guardiola, who pressured he was content material to face Huddersfield once more in a final 16-replay.

"I knew the sport that we needed to play," the Spaniard mentioned. "Within the first half we had our probabilities, the (Huddersfield) goalkeeper was good.

"Within the second half perhaps we performed a bit higher however we didn’t create many probabilities.

"So many groups within the Premier League are out (of the FA Cup) and now we have one other likelihood (February 28) at house, we’ll attempt to high quality.

“An enormous praise to the staff, I understand how tough it’s with the pitch, they’re so aggressive, they’re so dynamic.

"We are going to play a replay for the primary time in my life and we’ll attempt to qualify," the previous Barcelona and Bayern Munich supervisor added.

Guardiola defended his resolution to make eight modifications to his beginning line-up for Saturday's sport on the John Smith's Stadium, saying the replay won’t have an effect on his plans for a coaching camp in Abu Dhabi, the place Metropolis's homeowners are primarily based, subsequent week.

"With this schedule, with loads of video games, now we have Monaco, they (gamers) need to play,” Guardiola defined. “We’re coming again on Saturday. We’re going to be two or three days there to see our chairman.

“By noon we shall be in Manchester. Now our focus is on the Champions League sport.”

Guardiola additionally refused to touch upon an incident that noticed a plastic bottle thrown from the principle stand in direction of Metropolis substitute Raheem Sterling as he warmed up.

In the meantime Huddersfield supervisor David Wagner mentioned his second-tier aspect had probabilities to beat Metropolis, though he too was proud of a replay.

"In case you ask me did now we have some probabilities, sure, we had two or three,” he mentioned. "However Metropolis had some superb alternatives as nicely they usually have been the higher staff however we shouldn’t be shocked.

"I’m very proud and really comfortable the gamers caught of their identities. We tried to play our sport. In fact if we play among the finest groups on the earth they may create some probabilities.

"We wished to indicate we’re one of many fittest groups within the competitors and we’re aggressive and courageous sufficient and all of this now we have proved right this moment.

“We now have a rematch. That makes me comfortable as a result of I like to see my gamers taking part in matches, one sport kind of, who cares? We’re nonetheless within the competitors."

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