Guardiola lowers expectations on Laporte return

Guardiola lowers expectations on Laporte return

Pep Guardiola has warned against expecting too much from Aymeric Laporte.

Guardiola criticised defensive failings after the 2-2 draw but admitted Laporte alone is not the answer. “We cannot expect Aymeric is going to solve all of the problems,” the manager said.

“He is getting better and the doctor is going to evaluate him and I am going to talk to him about when it will be possible to come back. But after four or five months he will need time, so he will not be ready immediately to do it.”

“They didn’t need much to score,” Guardiola said. “We have to improve. We [will] work on that and be more solid and be more aggressive. At the end all we can do is to try to play and do it and to create chances and concede few. You have to accept one or two actions [against us]. The rest – we [have to] control it.”

Guardiola was impressed with Benjamin Mendy who was a constant attacking threat along City’s left flank. “He played really good and the final decision in the final third was really good. He had a good game and made good crosses. He plays after [virtually] two seasons injured, so his physical condition is getting better.”

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