Published: Fri, October 20, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Pep Guardiola: 'Manchester City will respect Burnley'

Pep Guardiola: 'Manchester City will respect Burnley'

Appleton said: 'One of the things I say is there is a lack of opportunities for British coaches at the top end of the game so if it does go to a British coach, I wish them all the best. They'll most probably need to defend again this weekend but Dyche's side have nothing to lose and have already gained so much.

"The way we play against Napoli is totally different to Burnley".

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admitted Friday he does not know when Vincent Kompany will return, sparking fresh worries about the veteran defender's long-term fitness.

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".

Fortunately for Sean Dyche, he does not have too many injury problems to be concerned with for the trip to Manchester.

Sergio Aguero was an unused substitute on Tuesday and is in contention to start.

Gabriel Jesus has been involved in 10 goals in nine Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium (eight goals and two assists). In addition, it's now nearly a year since Jesus last found himself on the losing team for either City or Brazil, scoring 22 goals from the combined 32 games.

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After the victory over Napoli on Wednesday evening, both managers were quick to heap praise on the opposition. "Always we can do better and hopefully we can maintain that level in the next games". This is high praise indeed considering all of the big matches and teams of proven quality that he has faced over the years.

Neither can champions Chelsea, now nine points adrift of Man City, as they seek to bring Watford down to earth after the unfashionable Hornets surged into the top four last weekend with a win over Arsenal.

While Guardiola is not often mentioned in the same breath as the phrase "mind games", this compliment is so great that it makes you wonder what motivated the Catalan to lavish this praise on an undoubtedly good side. Following a year on the fringes of the team following his transfer from Anderlecht for what was then a club record £8m fee, the Belgium midfielder has become arguably Sean Dyche's most important player.

"He could have played but wasn't completely fit. It's happened with me on a number of occasions", added Dyche.

Indeed, no side has faced Burnley more in the competition without keeping a clean sheet against them (Hull City also six).

Watford, whose own totemic striker Troy Deeney had taken delight in pointing out how Arsenal seemed to lack fight, can expect Chelsea to be more combative tomorrow, especially as they are smarting at losing consecutive Premier League games for only the second time under Antonio Conte.

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