In a passionate rallying call, Pep Guardiola has urged his Manchester City squad to never give up in their pursuit of the title. The manager’s words come at a crucial time as City face Sheffield United in their final game of 2023.
However, Guardiola may have to do without the services of Jack Grealish, who was the victim of a burglary at his Cheshire home. During City’s impressive 3-1 comeback victory over Everton at Goodison Park, Grealish’s house was raided. Despite members of his family being present, the culprits managed to escape with approximately £1 million worth of jewellery and watches. Cheshire Police were called to the scene, but the suspects remain at large.
This unfortunate incident is not an isolated case in the world of football. Former City defender Joao Cancelo and England international Raheem Sterling have also fallen victim to similar burglaries. Guardiola acknowledged that these incidents have become a part of modern life and expressed his relief that no harm came to Grealish’s family.
Speaking at a press conference, Guardiola revealed that he will assess Grealish’s mental state before deciding whether to include him in the squad for the Sheffield United clash. The manager also provided updates on the injury front, confirming that Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne, Jeremy Doku, and John Stones are all still sidelined. Stones, in particular, picked up a knock during the Everton match.
As City aim to maintain their title challenge, Guardiola’s rallying call serves as a reminder to his players to stay focused and determined. With the absence of key players and the recent burglary incident, the manager will be hoping for a strong response from his squad as they look to end the year on a high note.