Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, has acknowledged that replacing Rodri won’t be simple as his team gets ready to play Arsenal.
The Spanish midfielder, who is a crucial component of City’s lineup, will be out this weekend as he serves the second of a three-match suspension after being sent off in last month’s victory against Nottingham Forest.
The suspension only affects the Premier League, as Rodri had a triumphant midweek Champions League comeback at RB Leipzig with his club.
But in the recent loss to Wolves, who featured recent additions Mateo Kovacic and Matheus Nunes in midfield, City struggled without him.
Before playing Arsenal, Guardiola said: “We will see what happens.
“I’ve been talking to my workers about it today; we need to analyze, train this afternoon, and get ready tomorrow. Rodri is one of the top two or three holding midfielders in the world, thus he will have a significant impact on the squad.He’s not here, though. We’ve dealt with absences in the past, so we can adjust this time.
“The team spirit is much more vital than any tactic; if you have a strong relationship with your teammate, they’ll support you if one of the players makes a mistake. Since Rodri’s absence is so significant, we must examine ourselves thoroughly in order to find a solution.
We must find a solution, and 11 players will be vying for victory in London. We cannot begin by whining and weeping.
We’ll determine today or tomorrow how to press, he continued. A player is eliminated the instant they don’t show up. I don’t give it much thought. He is now on vacation and will return for Brighton after the break.
Guardiola anticipates his opponents on Sunday to be up there again after Arsenal was edged out by City for the Premier League title in the final stages of the previous season.
Yes, he said, “absolutely. From what we have seen, Liverpool. But since we haven’t even started those games yet, we need to wait before we can analyze the candidates in the first 10. However, the major clubs will compete.