Pep Guardiola: Manchester City flight to Leipzig being delayed ‘no problem’

Pep Guardiola

John Stones and Bernardo Silva will travel with the squad to Germany having recently returned to training following injury.

Pep Guardiola has brushed off late changes to Manchester City’s travel plans for Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League clash at RB Leipzig.

The treble winners were due to fly to Germany for the Group G clash on Tuesday afternoon but were delayed due to strong winds in the Leipzig area and their flight was postponed until the evening.

City manager Guardiola, who was due to hold a pre-match press conference at the RB Arena on Tuesday, instead spoke to the media remotely ahead of the trip.

“That’s not a problem,” he said. “It’s important to fly and land safely.

“It’s not at 7 p.m., (they said) you have to do it at 9 p.m. and it’s not a problem. The authorities said it was so risky to fly before, so we extended training and extended lunch.

“We have time to rest and now we will fly to Germany.

John Stones and Bernardo Silva will travel with the squad to Germany as they recently returned to training from injury.

Stones has not played since the Community Shield with a thigh problem, while Silva has missed the last three games with a knock.

Guardiola said: “He feels better, Bernardo better than John. We are traveling and will decide tomorrow.

“We’re really glad they’re back. It took a little longer, but they’re back. That’s good news for us.”

Guardiola also paid tribute to former player and City chairman Francis Lee, who died this week.

He said: “We’re here (because of) people like Franny Lee, Mike Summerbee, Colin Bell, part of the generation that created part of this organisation, this club.

“On behalf of the team, his wife and the whole family, a big hug.

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