Manchester City face Swiss side BSC Young Boys in their upcoming Champions League clash. The treble winners have travelled to the city of Bern in order to face the Swiss champions on Wednesday, Oct 25.
Man City with two wins out of two in the Champions League would want to carry their winning momentum. However, the Swiss champs would be a force to reckon especially on an artificial turf which Pep Guardiola’s side isn’t accustomed to be playing on.
Speaking at a press conference, the Spaniard said: “It is what it is. If UEFA allows games to be played here it’s because it’s in good conditions.
“That’s one of the reasons we never train away but this is an exception. This is why we travel in the morning for the players to feel how the ball runs, how to move left, right, backwards, forwards. That’s why.
“We’ll try it and the players will know it immediately.”
Pep is currently managing a squad plagued with injuries. And when asked if he was concerned about injuries, Guardiola said: “I don’t know – hopefully not, for both sides, but I don’t know.
“We are not used to it. Any team that plays here is not used to it. It suits the Swiss league and, in the Champions League, the teams that come here have to adapt.
“We will not be the first in this situation. We have to use it as a benefit but the grass is better.”
The only hurdle coming in Manchester City’s way would be the turf for which the Citizens have already travelled to Switzerland earlier than required.