Pep Guardiola says City will need everyone as the schedule ramps up in our challenge for three trophies.

There was a welcome return to the bench by Jack Grealish for the 1-0 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday while Kevin De Bruyne was a second half substitute after sitting out the midweek win over Brentford.

The boss said that John Stones and Manuel Akanji are also regaining their best form after recent injuries with Josko Gvardiol also nearing a return.

“John [Stones] has had a lot of setbacks this season,” Guardiola said. “He’s not like Phil [Foden] for example where they need two training sessions to be fit and ready.

“It’s more difficult for them. But of course, he’s back and he again played really, really good.

“Everyone is so important. Kevin [De Bruyne] is back for a few minutes and Jack [Grealish] as well and in the next games we are going to use him. We need everyone.”


After hard-fought narrow wins over Brentford and Bournemouth in the space of five days, we have another testing week with an FA Cup fifth-round clash away to Luton on Tuesday followed by the Manchester derby.

Just two points cover the top three sides in the Premier League, but Guardiola says there is no way City will not be determined to win the Kenilworth Road clash despite the recent tiring schedule.

“Of course we are tired,” he added. “[After] the game [at Bournemouth] of course we are. It is what it is.

“So we are tired, but we will recover two days, sleep good, we’ll eat good and we’ll be ready for Luton.

“We are going to do it and I want to go through. I know it’s difficult, a really [tough] one, but it is what it is.”

Watch the second part of Pep’s press conference in the video above…