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Pep Guardiola says Manchester City have room for improvement

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City have room for improvement”

The Belgium worldwide has been sidelined since he picked up a calf injury on global duty against Gibraltar in early September. Despite getting criticism for under-par defending in recent years, the Citizens' back-line has been far stronger so far.

Questions continue about the fitness of Vincent Kompany.

Guardiola may opt to rotate in midfield and start Ilkay Gundogan.

He then answered "No" when the question was put in over whether he knows when he might be fit again.

Pep Guardiola can welcome star striker Sergio Aguero back into the fold following his recovery from broken ribs sustained in a road accident.

Aguero has been out of action since suffering a fractured rib in a auto accident in September and has been an unused substitute in the club's last two games, the 7-2 win over Stoke City and 2-1 victory against Napoli.

Featuring against the Clarets on Saturday would give him the opportunity to equal the club's goalscoring record of 177. I think the game against Stoke it was just one training session.

"He could have played but wasn't completely fit. But the game against Napoli he was ready and of course he is ready for tomorrow".

Meanwhile summer signing Benjamin Mendy is ruled out until late April with a knee injury. Sometimes they feel isolated.

"But in the case of Mendy he decides to be present through social media". I said very many times he is important important inside pitch but very important outside the pitch.

"People like him make the atmosphere in the dressing room much better". A tough midweek game for City could also tip the balance in the direction of the Clarets but Guardiola's side should take all three points with slightly fewer goals than their fans are becoming accustomed to. We have to try to be dynamic, play quick and take an advantage because when they score goals, after they defend really well and it is so complicated to score goals.

Guardiola labelled last weekend's 7-2 demolition of Stoke City as the best performance of his tenure and praised his players as "perfect" after beating Serie A frontrunners Napoli.

As for Burnley, Guardiola said: "They defend with a lot of people in the box and it can be hard to attack them as they are so physically strong".

For all of the defensive praise lavished upon them, Burnley are also a more unsafe attacking team than they were previous year.



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