Guardiola pleads for patience from fringe Manchester City players


Sheikh Mansour's acquisition of the club in 2009 proved to be a turning point, with three title triumphs, three League Cup wins and an FA Cup success enjoyed during his reign.

Manchester City's youngsters will take a back seat for the FA Cup as Pep Guardiola has a fully fit squad to select from against Burnley. Juventus, Bayern Munich, Barcelona. "Of course every team is different with the setup and in our experience with Newcastle in the last two seasons against my colleague it's always tough - 0-1 there, 3-1 here - so it was tight".

"Every Liverpool player over the last three decades has been asked whether they can win a league title and all of them have come up short, with the desperation to see that Premier League trophy presented to a red-shirted captain at Anfield never more acute". I don't know what they think - I'm not in Liverpool's locker room -and I don't think Klopp would invite me! We have a lot of games, so no way.

"We were disappointed (about FA Cup exit to Watford) but we have to concentrate on a very, very hard game".

'When one player plays 20 minutes, I want the best 20 minutes they can play. Sometimes you are lucky, sometimes not, but be there. The 33-year-old has revealed he would like to leave, but Guardiola wants a extension. "You can believe you are ready because you train but you need time".

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That means competition for places is fierce, a point illustrated by Guardiola's naming of Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane on the bench for Saturday's FA Cup victory over Burnley. "That's the only way to be consistent and try to win every game".

Guardiola, however, is mindful of City's defeats by unfancied Crystal Palace and Leicester in December and is, therefore, unwilling to look beyond Newcastle.

De Bruyne, who missed most of the first half of the season after suffering two knee injuries, was hugely impressive in his third start in the space of a week. When you play against Man City, you have to forget and make sure you do the right things on the pitch. But that consistency, every three days for 11 months during 10 years, that's what I respect and admire the most.

"So we needed Kevin back and Benjamin back and then after we decide".