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Pep Guardiola is hoping to end Everton's unbeaten Etihad Premier League run.

Pep Guardiola has never beaten the Toffees at home in the league under his tenure, with all both previous games ending in draws.

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"I would say in all the game we played top, especially first one. In second year we got the red card and were 1-0 down, but we made incredible second part.

 

"We make good games against them but didn’t win. Tomorrow is another game. Sigurdsson and many players all good players, top side. It will be tough after Champions League because yesterday we were so tired, we will see how we react.

"It was not just against Liverpool they have played well - against Chelsea they were so organised.

"Marco Silva's teams always are so organised.

"Last season, when we dropped points we immediately worked hard. But we have to focus on beating them

"Christmas time is here and families come back and it’s the toughest part of season in terms of games, we have to be focused."

Pep also said he will know on Friday afternoon whether Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones will be fit to face Everton.

The Argentine striker has not featured since the 2-2 Champions League draw against Lyon, while the defender was substituted in the midweek triumph over Hoffenheim and the Belgian hasmissed the majority of the season with knee injuries.

With David Silva, Danilo, Benjamin Mendy and Claudio Bravo also sidelined, the Blues are facing a difficult period with a packed festive schedule – but Guardiola explained he will assess the fitness of Aguero, De Bruyne and Stones at Friday's training session before deciding whether they are able to return for the Saturday lunchtime visit of the Toffees.

On Aguero, he stated: “He did the last two training sessions. On Thursday, he trained with the team.

“He has no pain and we will decide.

“(With KDB) it is the same case as Sergio – he has no pain but we will see.

“Yesterday he (Stones) was in treatment. Today he is training. We will see how they feel because when you have just 60 hours of recovery (it is difficult). We will see.”

Asked whether City’s injuries will force the Blues to spend in the January transfer market, Guardiola dismissed the suggestion.

“No, we are not going to sign anyone,” he asserted.