Pep Guardiola says Manchester City’s players are still struggling for fitness ahead of their third Premier League game against Wolves.
Guardiola has admitted the club are feeling the effects of a shortened pre-season due to the World Cup in Russia.
Kevin De Bruyne and Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo are currently facing lengthy spells on the sidelines.
However, the Spaniard is not fazed by the current injury problems and warned there is no chance of complacency creeping in.
“The problem is that now – while we are not far away – we are still not fit,” said Guardiola.
“We see how much the players spend for regeneration after the game. Normally it’s quicker – one or two days – now they need more time.
“It’s because we didn’t make a pre-season. When we arrive, immediately after three-four days we played the Community Shield and Arsenal.
“Some players need much more time to win power, strength. The players complain about muscular problems – that’s why Claudio got out, Kevin. This week Fernandinho had problems with regeneration after the game.
“But it’s normal, we demand a lot, and still we are not in the best condition. Hopefully, after the international break, the team can be better and better.”
Newly-promoted Wolves were the first team to stop City scoring in open play when they faced each other last October, and Guardiola admits the Midlands club “destroyed the Championship.”
The Spaniard equally confirmed the club would not be seeking a free transfer replacement for Bravo and that Aro Muric will be second-choice goalkeeper behind Ederson after being recalled from a loan at NAC Breda.