Pep Guardiola hails ‘incredibly important’ Benjamin Mendy after return to action as Manchester City gear up for Watford clash
- Benjamin Mendy played against Shakhtar Donetsk in Champions League
- Frenchman has been out of action with injury and return is massive boost
- Pep Guardiola said: ‘He will be an incredibly important player for us’
Pep Guardiola hailed Benjamin Mendy as an ‘incredibly important’ player for Manchester City after the defender’s return to fitness.
The Frenchman returned from a knee problem suffered back in April when he played in the 3-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.
His comeback is a massive boost for Guardiola, who says the left-back offers completely different threats to Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Benjamin Mendy (centre) Bernardo Silva (left) and Manchester City trained on Friday
Pep Guardiola is delighted to have Mendy back fit and firing after his long layoff
‘The first step is to play consistently and not get injured,’ the manager told the club’s website.
‘It was weeks and weeks and months of training. We did it the last month, which is a good sign, and then, he played his first minutes.
‘Now, he will play more regularly but he has to understand what we have to do because he went two seasons without training or playing regularly.
‘He is a guy that has to practice to understand things. He has to train and play and play and play. He will be an incredibly important player for us.
Sergio Aguero was in high spirits as the champions prepared to take on Watford
Silva and Riyad Mahrez shared a joke in the Manchester sunshine at their training complex
‘With him, we can attack more constantly and in a different way – he has a special quality that only he has in our team.
‘With Oleks Zinchenko, we cannot attack wide or deep. His quality is completely different. With Mendy, we can do it so hopefully, he can be fit and healthy, and play.’
City trained on Friday ahead of their clash with Watford at the Etihad this Saturday.
Sergio Aguero and Co appeared to be in high spirits and will be working hard to get back to winning ways following the defeat by Norwich last time out.
David Silva and Co are looking to bounce back from defeat at Norwich this weekend