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Guardiola plays down talk of new City contract

13 March, 2018, 10:53 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Pep Guardiola says his Manchester City team cannot yet be compared with the Barcelona side he used to manage

He said: "I don't like to play on Monday because at the weekend everybody is involved and when the weekend is over, they are like "the weekend is over, there are no more games", but we have to play".

A 4-0 win in Switzerland in the first leg three weeks ago made qualification nearly a formality for a team that is 16 points clear in the Premier League and one of the favourites to win the Champions League.

Manchester City under Guardiola witnessed shocking exit from the FA Cup to League One minnows Wigan Athletic and were also held by Everton in a 2-2 draw at Etihad. "I just prefer to play at the weekend, when all the other teams are playing".

As expected Pep Guardiola has rung the changes for the match - six to be precise - bringing in Yaya Toure as captain, while there are also starts for Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus, John Stones, Danilo and Claudio Bravo, with Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero on the bench, whereas David Silva has been rested. The best example was two days ago.

'Nobody thought we were going to lose against Basle.

They need 12 points to be certain of the Premier League but Guardiola is taking nothing for granted ahead of Monday night's visit to relegation-threatened Stoke City.

Despite the defeat, the runaway Premier League leaders advanced to the quarter-final stage of the competition with a 5-1 aggregate score.

"I know everyone wants to anticipate the situations, when we will win the title".

"When we face teams when they fight to stay in the Premier League you can't imagine how complicated it is".

"What happens in the (Champions League) quarter-finals depends on our level in the Premier League", he said. That's why we have to be focused on what we have to do.

City have nearly three weeks without a game after their trip to Stoke, with Guardiola planning to take his players on a short training break to Abu Dhabi.

"We are going to see the game between Liverpool and Manchester United as a spectator and it would have happened in the distance was smaller".

Manchester City Manager, Pep Guardiola has been fined £20,000 and warned regarding his future conduct after accepting a Football Association charge of wearing a "political message".

"It's a big derby, it's a classic in England", said Guardiola, who confirmed his agent is not in Manchester to discuss a new contract for him. In two [match] weekends' time we have a game against United so we will watch it for sure. "My agent is not in town - was not, is not, will not be in town in the next weeks".

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