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Pep Guardiola adamant that confidence is still high in Manchester City camp

Pep Guardiola adamant that confidence is still high in Manchester City camp”

Former France Under-21 worldwide Laporte has been a massive miss for City this season after being taken off on a stretcher during the 4-0 Premier League win over Brighton at the Etihad Stadium on August 31.

In that time City have slipped to 11 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, as Laporte's absence has left a huge hole in the heart of their defense.

Following Vincent Kompany's departure in the summer Man City pushed hard to sign a new center back but were priced out of a move for Harry Maguire and Laporte's injuries compounded their weakness, probably their only one, in that area of the squad.

Back-to-back Premier League winners Manchester City have had their backs to the wall for weeks now, as Liverpool took an early lead atop the table, looking for their first-ever Premier League-era title.

The Brazilian has featured alongside Stones more often than not, with Otamendi restricted to just seven Premier League starts in total so far this season.

Pep Guardiola would hold his pre-Burnley press conference on Monday afternoon with the Spaniard acknowledging what a tough place Burnley is to visit.

The exchange began when a reporter asked why he hasn't been playing Stones and Otamendi together, to which he responded: "Because I like Dino [Fernandinho] in that position".

On if he has been happy with Fernandinho's performances in defence despite the fact he has been a midfielder by trade throughout his career, Guardiola added: "Have you seen the games?"

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" Two shots on target (against Newcastle) and we conceded".

"I prefer Gundogan and Rodri in [the defensive midfield] position". "To do that away is incredible".

He said: "They have to believe we will win tomorrow. We did it again but unfortunately, we couldn't win".

The result comes after defeat by Liverpool and victory over Chelsea in the Premier League and a pair of draws in the Champions League.

"He is not ready for the derby but after the derby we will see", Guardiola said. "They are tall, aggressive and a good team".

"We can't think too much about the people in front".

"We need to make sure we work hard and don't lose any more games".



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