Saturday, 07 December, 2019

Burnley welcome back Westwood after ban for Man City clash

Benjamin Mendy is challenged by Miguel Almiron Man City must tighten up at the back, says Guardiola
Rhonda Reese | 04 December, 2019, 00:42

Manchester City's star center back has been missing since August 31 with a serious knee injury he suffered against Brighton, which then required surgery.

City head into the game off the back of successive draws, having also been held by Shakhtar in the Champions League prior to picking up a point on Tyneside, and Guardiola has stressed the important of winning games in a bid to get their title challenge on track.

During Laporte's absence, the defending English champions have slipped to third in the standings and they are a massive 11 points behind table-toppers Liverpool, who are unbeaten from their 14 league matches.

"I prefer Gundogan and Rodri in this position [midfield]".

Asked why he has not played Stones and Otamendi together, Guardiola told reporters at his media conference ahead of City's visit to Burnley on Tuesday: "Because I like Fernandinho in that position".

The Spanish boss went on to express his belief that wasteful finishing has been his side's main issue in recent weeks, most notably during a 2-2 draw against Newcastle at St James' Park on Saturday.

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"I'm not thinking about how many games we have to win", he said. Sometimes the club wants to try to do the best but sometimes we can not. Instead he intends to stick with 34-year-old Fernandinho as his first-choice centre-half. They are incredible. They take of themselves perfectly, have an incredible unit. "That is for the players who have finished their contracts and the players who have them".

Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva created the second for Jesus five minutes after the break with a cross to the back post which the striker, who had not scored in his previous 10 games for club and country, met with a clinical finish.

"David's confirmed he's leaving", said Guardiola. Of course, it is not good for us.

"I think at the end of the season we are going to decide all the situations; the players finishing contracts, the players for contracts, what we have to do, what we believe is the best for the club, for the organisation next season".

City snatched a 1-0 win at Burnley last season through a Sergio Aguero goal as part of their stunning late run to pip Liverpool to the title.

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