Manchester City earned themselves three points against Nottingham Forest over the weekend, with Erling Haaland and Phil Foden scoring in the 2-0 win.
Now, Pep and his squad look ahead to the EFL Cup game against Newcastle United, who made quite the statement as they beat Sheffield United 8-0.
Manchester City will go into this third-round tie as the favorites, but Newcastle are far from written off, and we can expect a tough game for both sides.
Both teams recently met in a Premier League fixture, and it was indeed Man City who took all the points as Julian Alvarez gave his side a 1-0 win. After week six, City currently sit at the top of the PL table, while Newcastle claim eighth.
Man City also go into this fixture with the confidence of a 100% winning streak, winning all of their six games in the Premier League and also their opening Champions League game against Red Star Belgrade last week.
Newcastle have only lost three games so far, the losses coming against City ( 1-0 ), Liverpool ( 2-1), and Brighton ( 3-1 ). They have won three PL games while drawing 0-0 with AC Milan.
The Carabao Cup was actually the only trophy not won by City last year, but let’s be honest, the Premier League, FA Cup, and UCL made up for that. But, by what has been said by the team, they would probably love to win all four trophies this time around.
Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo, Silva, and John Stones will remain out for this game. While Mateo Kovacic has begun training, and could possibly make a comeback soon.
Jack Grealish finally made his return to the bench on Saturday and even played a few minutes after being brought on during the 87th minute.
Rodri will be suspended after picking up a red card against Forest; his sending-off was due to a rather abrupt unnecessary action against Morgan Gibbs-White, meaning he will be forced to sit out three games, this one included.
But, Pep has told that he won’t risk players such as Kyle Walker or Ruben Dias due to exhaustion after the many 90 minutes recently played, and saying City cannot afford to lose any more players. Most likely, we will see players from the academy and some who haven’t featured much.
Another question is who will be chosen in goal, as Ederson could be given a rest; meaning Scott Carson or Stefan Ortega Moreno might be making an appearance.
Pep Guardiola will give his press conference on Tuesday, 26th September. Markdown 12:30 ( UK ) on your calendar to see what the City manager has to stay ahead of the game.
Newcastle vs Manchester City takes place on Wednesday, 27th September, at 20:00 (UK).