Pep Guardiola to stick with Fernandinho in Man City’s defence

Pep Guardiola to stick with Fernandinho in Man City’s defence

Guardiola is well aware of where the problems lie, without a clean sheet in any match since the 3-0 win against Aston Villa in late October.

"It's good they believe it", he said.

"We had 26 shots, not all on target, at Newcastle". "We wanted to get the three points today and it's disappointing after their goal". They shot twice and scored. "[We have to] try to be.the chances that we have and the few we concede, to be more solid in these departments and we will improve".

Summer signing Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan have been chosen over three-time Premier League victor Fernandinho in midfield by the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss.

Aymeric Laporte has insisted that Manchester City can still win the league, the defender providing the club with a welcome boost as he sets a timeframe for his return from a serious knee injury.

Asked why Stones and Otamendi are not trusted together, Guardiola said: "Because I like 'Dinho playing in that position a lot".

"Right now yes", said Guardiola. That is why he plays.

City had 10 points drifting from Liverpool last season before they successfully chased them to win their third consecutive title and Laporte remains convinced that they can do this again, something that Guardiola agrees with.

Speaking at a press conference to preview the trip to Turf Moor, Guardiola confirmed that the striker will also miss Saturday's clash against Manchester United.

Guardiola, whose side has mustered just one win in their past five games in all competitions, also called for his team to show belief and to be more clinical in front of goal. "That is the fact".

"I'm not thinking about how many games we have to win", he said.

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Yet Guardiola is determined to fight on and recognises the importance of claiming victory against a tough Burnley side.

"What Sean Dyche teams play, the way he plays they do perfectly so they have incredible success in the last years in the Premier League doing what they have done They attack really well and in defence, they are so aggressive".

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