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City v Spurs: Guardiola provides Zinchenko update

Pep Guardiola says he will assess the fitness of his squad at Friday afternoon’s training session.

City face Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium in Saturday’s lunchtime Premier League kick-off, having locked horns with the North London outfit in the midweek seven-goal Champions League thriller.

Asked whether he intends to rotate the squad for the weekend clash, Guardiola asserted he does not yet know who will feature.

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The Catalan boss also shared an update on Oleks Zinchenko’s fitness, with the Ukrainian sidelined with a leg injury since the Premier League win over Cardiff.

“In tomorrow’s line-up, we will see,” he said. “We saw each other yesterday and spoke with each other, congratulating each other for the game on Wednesday.

“On Friday, we will train in the afternoon. We will see how the people recover. We have to be careful mentally and physically.

“We will make the decision tonight. Tomorrow morning, we play early so we will see in terms of selection.”

On Zinchenko, he explained: “On Thursday, he made part of training.

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“The guys who didn’t play on Wednesday trained really well, as always.”

Guardiola added he hopes to see fire in the bellies of his players, fuelled by the hurt from the midweek Champions League exit.

“I hope we will give our best,” he continued. “We have five games – the Premier League and the FA Cup – and another game against Spurs. We will see.

“I think it will be another intense game. If you believe that Wednesday’s result doesn’t hurt or that we can just forget it, I will say: no.

“That is not the truth – we are human beings. We have to live with it and we have to compete with feeling.

“What we lived on Wednesday in terms of emotion was incredible. We are fortunate to have lived it. For a matter of seconds, thousands of people enjoyed a moment… and then everybody was devastated.

“People cannot expect that it’s over. It will remain in our hearts. It’s a pity but the performance was incredible in that stage; at that level.

“I don’t want to see my players saying it doesn’t matter. I want to see them react to the hurt.

“We will try to play our game at 12:30 here at the Etihad Stadium.”

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