Pep Guardiola sprang a surprise in his first match in charge by dropping the England goalkeeper in favour of Willy Caballero but Guardiola says his thinking could change for Tuesday’s Champions League qualifier at Steaua Bucharest.
Pep Guardiola said
“Of course he can play. All the players in the squad can play.
“I have a lot of respect for Joe, a lot of respect for his career. I know how good a goalkeeper he is, but today I decided for Willy. That is all.
“I think Willy had a good pre-season – really, really good. He gave me today a lot of confidence for his build-up play, for his personality and that’s why I choose him.
“In the end, I have a squad and I decide what I see. I have to create a team spirit. It’s not about tactics, it’s not about anything, and I decided today for this line-up.
“That does not mean in the future they are not going to play or they are going to play.”