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Chelsea v City: Guardiola unsure of World Cup impact

Pep Guardiola says he will need to see the schedule of the 2022 World Cup before figuring out how it will slot into next season's plans.

The manager. speaking to the media ahead of our trip to Stamford Bridge, was asked what he thought about Qatar 2022, which runs from 21 November to 18 December next year.

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"Still I didn’t see the schedule," said Pep.

"The World Cup is in the middle of the season - first time ever it happens. I haven’t analysed the impact.

"Everyone knows the teams involved in European competition, national teams - the calendar is brutal.

"We just have to adapt, train as best as possible, try not to get injured and give all the energy we have on the day of a game."

City play Chelsea at 12:30 (UK) on Saturday 25 September and we’ll have comprehensive coverage here on mancity.com and the official app.

Our Matchday Centre begins two hours before kick-off, whilst our Matchday Live show, starts one hour before we get under way.

A match report and post-match reaction from players and Pep Guardiola will be available shortly after the final whistle and you can watch brief highlights from 17:15.

A full-match replay will be available on CITY+ from midnight after the game.

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