Kevin De Bruyne On Bench - Manchester City Team vs Burnley Confirmed

Sheri Evans
January 9, 2018

After that, we are going to talk. It is a prestigious competition the FA Cup, if you are not strong you can not do that.

Sane then furthered the advantage as he played a give-and-go with Silva before beating Mee and then slotting an effort past Pope to put City in firm control of the match. So thinking about four competitions, it's an illusion, it's not realistic, I would say.

The Spanish worldwide released a statement earlier this week to confirm the reasons why he was spending time in his home country.

"We've always kept open lines of communication with players and agents, we can't afford not to", he said.

"We've got a lot of respect for them - they have an fantastic team with an incredible manager - but it's a massive opportunity to make a special moment again".

Guardiola has spent the last few weeks moaning about the fixture schedule and number of games his stars have been forced to play.

"But we have to adapt".

"We think about this every single day and every training session", the Ukrainian said.

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The runaway Premier League leaders, who are also in the last-16 of the Champions League and semi-finals of the English League Cup, fielded a strong side but struggled initially to impose their will on Sean Dyche's side.

"My priority is the next one - tomorrow", Guardiola said before the game and he was true to his word with Nicolas Otamendi, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho all starting, while Claudio Bravo and Oleksandr Zinchenko were given rare starts too. "So after the six title contenders, the next team are Burnley".

"We play the first leg here at home, so, of course, we want to win that game". Aguero fed Gundogan this time and his clever back-heel sent the Argentine through on goal where he rounded the keeper and netted.

Guardiola, speaking at a press conference, gave little away regarding possible transfer targets during the January window.

Guardiola said: "The toughest period to buy players is now because everyone wants to keep the players".

The Gunners crashed out of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon, a competition that Arsene Wenger's men have dominated in recent years winning three of the last four finals. "It's not easy to go to Spain, come back and play like that".

"Then it's the realm of the player, it's hard for them".

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