Guardiola wary of Burnley threat - (2021)

Updated: 26/11/2021

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Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola says his side will need to be at their best when they face Burnley on Sunday although he is confident they will come through the test (City 6/1 to win 2-0).

The Citizens have won 18 of their last 19 games in all competitions, with defeat to Tottenham their only blip of late.

City’s win over rivals Manchester United on Wednesday means they are now top of the pile with just three games to go in the Premier League.

They lead Liverpool (3/1 to win the Premier League) by one point and Guardiola believes the relentless pressure from the Reds has made City a better team.

 

Burnley are unbeaten in their last four games and the Spaniard concedes his team cannot afford to overlook them despite the fact the Clarets look to be safe from relegation.

He told reporters: “It always is (tough) given the way they play. To do well what they do and we have to prepare because it is the end of the season, the last games. Everybody feels pressure to win the games. We rest and tomorrow we are going to prepare to control.

“Liverpool helped us to maintain this level. Thanks to Liverpool we are competing. Liverpool realise to win the Premier League right now you have to make a lot of points. That’s what we have communicated to each other really well.

“It makes me proud, I love to score a lot of goals to respect this game, to show how we want to attack and do it in every game.”

Guardiola will be without Kevin De Bruyne through injury but Brazil midfielder Fernandinho could play despite picking up a knee injury against United.

Burnley have reported no new injury concerns and so could name the same team for a fourth straight match.

Odds subject to change.



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