Pep Guardiola faced the media ahead of the Premier League clash against Burnley at Turf Moor. The Blues are coming off the back of a disappointing draw at Newcastle, where City went ahead twice. That now puts us 11 points behind leaders Liverpool and puts any talk of a third consecutive title very unlikely.
Here are the main talking points from the boss’ session today…
The difficulties of Turf Moor
Guardiola first was asked about the difficulties of playing Burnley, and especially at Turf Moor. City scraped to a 1-0 win on the run in to the title last season, where Sergio Agüero’s goal went over the line by inches. The manager reflected on that vital result:
“It’s always difficult for teams, what they do they do perfectly. They attack quick and arrive in the sides and make good cross and good finishing. They’re good with the second ball and we have to adapt.
Yes in this particular game, it was like this in other games we controlled perfectly. We were so so clever and Vincent and Laporte were outstanding. We did a good performance and good game and we won.”
Guardiola on his players’ belief
With a bad run of form in November, questions were obviously going to be asked about his players’ morale, and Guardiola answered those questions today:
“It’s good they believe it. They have to believe to win tomorrow. The situation, we can’t think too much of the people in front. We have to think what we need to do to win the games.
We had 26 shots against Newcastle and they scored two goals. To do that away is incredible – we always try to create more and concede less. We did it again but unfortunately we couldn’t win.”
Agüero confirmed out of Manchester Derby
Guardiola also confirmed there are no new injury concerns ahead of the trip to Burnley, and that Sergio Agüero, Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sané are the only ones sidelined.
Fernandinho – where Pep wants him
Fernandinho has this season found a new role at central defence, filling in for the injured Aymeric Laporte. His presence has obviously been missed in central midfield, and Pep was asked about why Nicolas Otamendi couldn’t play there instead.
“Because I like ‘Dinho in that position.”
And why can’t he play further forward?
“Yeah but I prefer Gundogan in that position.”
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