Manchester City are not low on confidence, says Pep Guardiola

Wednesday, 04 Dec, 2019

The 29-year-old doesn't think the defending champions have changed much since last term, while other teams have come up with a blueprint to reduce their attacking threat, but he is not ready to concede that the title race is over just yet. But that is not possible.

"I like Fernandinho playing in that position a lot", said Guardiola.

"Normally the players we could think it would be interesting to add something for our squad, they are not going to sell".

"Vincent chose to go to Belgium".

"I'm not thinking about how many games we have to win", he said. No [we don't miss him], the group is extraordinary. What they do they do perfectly. The club does not want to have problems due to the Financial Fair Play Rules, and it's not like they can find cheap upgrades over their current in-house options out there on the market.

"You have to see how the players run and how they fight and how they try to do it, the body language - we never give up, so the team is always there, that's my feeling", he said.

Midfielder Fernandinho has been utilised in an unfamiliar central defensive role in Laporte's absence, though the former Athletic Bilbao player has provided his side with a welcome boost by revealing his hopes to be back in action in the next six to eight weeks. "They have to believe to win tomorrow", he said.

"There will be a need to regenerate".

Pope then stood up well to block with his feet from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva to keep Burnley in the game until the break. Of course, it's not good for us.

Whether or not such heroics are beyond them this season, Guardiola does not think it is helpful to think in those terms.

'It is always hard for all teams [at Burnley].

The 17-year-old has yet to sign his first professional contract with Paris Saint-Germain, but has managed to make Thomas Tuchel's match day squads five times already this season, which shows the level they feel he is now at. "Buying two or three players is not rebuild, it's just substituting positions". "We have to be more solid and score the chances we have".

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