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Man City news conference: Guardiola and Sane

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Man City news conference: Guardiola and Sane

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Pep Guardiola and Leroy Sane

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Summary

  1. Guardiola and Sane have first chance to respond to Sterling story
  2. Barcelona v Tottenham, Liverpool v Napoli (tonight, 20:00 GMT)
  3. Man City v Hoffenheim, Valencia v Man Utd (Wed, 20:00 GMT)
  4. Get Involved: #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)

Live Reporting

By Ben Collins

All times stated are UK

  1. Five United defenders miss training

    Valencia v Man Utd (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

    Manchester United had four defenders missing from
    training this morning, in addition to Victor Lindelof, who was already out of
    tomorrow’s trip to Valencia.

    Chris Smalling (foot), Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw and Matteo
    Darmian were all absent, plus Anthony Martial, who has a side strain.

    United have already qualified for the last 16 and could
    finish top of their group but that requires Juventus not to beat Young Boys in
    Turin.

  2. What do Tottenham & Liverpool need?

    So that’s what Manchester City need to ensure they go through as winners of their group.

    But what do the other English sides need to qualify for the knockout stage? You can find out right here.

    Both Tottenham and Liverpool have massive games tonight, against Barcelona and Napoli, respectively.

  3. Sterling furore

    Man City v Hoffenheim (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

    This would normally be a fairly routine Manchester City
    press conference.

    City are through to the knockout phase and need a point
    against Hoffenheim tomorrow to secure top spot in their group and a more
    favourable draw for the round of 16.

    However, the furore over the allegations Raheem Sterling was
    racially abused at Chelsea on Saturday have brought far more attention than
    expected.

    Sterling will train with his City team-mates later but for
    now, Leroy Sane and Pep Guardiola will answer questions from the media.

  4. Negative press coverage “emboldens racist rhetoric” – PFA

    Raheem Sterling

    Copyright: Getty Images

    The Professional Footballers’ Association also came out in support of Raheem Sterling, saying negative press coverage of the Manchester City forward “emboldens racist rhetoric”.

  5. Is football racism rising?

  6. Post update

    Man City v Hoffenheim (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

    Raheem Sterling has just signed a new contract that will keep him
    at Manchester City until 2023.

    He has been outstanding in City’s last two campaigns,
    scoring 23 goals in 46 appearances last term and a further nine in 19 this
    season.

    Yet still, he has attracted negative headlines, which the
    24-year-old evidently thinks is to do with his skin colour.

    He expressed his thoughts in a statement on Instagram, which is covered in this story.

  7. Good afternoon…

    …and welcome as we bring you live updates on Manchester City’s news conference today.

    While it will preview Wednesday night’s Champions League game against Hoffenheim, you can bet there will be a few questions about Raheem Sterling.

    City suffered their first Premier League defeat of the season at Chelsea on Saturday but the match was overshadowed by alleged racial abuse directed towards Sterling.

    The story has developed over the last few days and this will be manager Pep Guardiola’s first chance to respond.

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