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Guardiola: City not deflected by fixture worries

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will not allow potential fixture backlog to deflect the Club from our quest for success this season.

The Blues are still striving for silverware on four fronts, having reached the Carabao Cup semi-final, the last 16 of the Champions League and the fourth round of the FA Cup as well seeking to retain our Premier League crown.

It means there could potentially be a number of key games which need to be shoe-horned into the latter stages of the season.

If Blues confirm our place in the Carabao Cup final, our league trip to Everton scheduled for February 23, will need to be rearranged. And if City and or Manchester United reach the FA Cup quarter-finals, the Old Trafford derby - penciled in for March 16 - will also need a new date arranging.

At his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday's trip to Huddersfield, the Blues boss was asked whether he feared that could hinder the Blues – especially given that league leaders Liverpool have already been knocked out of the two-domestic cup competitions.

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“Of course, when you are fresh mentally and in the legs in the latter part of the season it is good, but when you play every three days everyone is in a rhythm,” said Guardiola.

“Sometimes when you play once every 10 days the rhythm is wrong.

“When you win games and go to the quarter and semi-finals (of cup competitions), it is a huge excitement and focus for everyone.

“So, if we go out it’s because the other team is better, but we are not going to drop any competitions.

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“Of course, I am a little bit concerned (about the schedule) but it is what it is. What can we do?

“If we reach the Carabao Cup final we will reschedule our game at Everton, possibly between the Chelsea and Arsenal games or possibly in another week and we will see when the league decides.

“What they decide we will play that day.”

The Blues boss was also asked about the superb form of Leroy Sane – and whether the German winger could prove an especially key figure in the physically demanding season finale given that he didn’t go to last summer’s World Cup finals.

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“Some players played the World Cup in a marvellous way and during the season are not at a top level, some are the opposite: They didn't make the World Cup and are having a good season,” Guardiola added.

“I don't make a lot of suggestions about what happened in the past. They are young guys and they want to play, and we take care of them the best way possible.

“They physios and doctors have incredible control about what the players need what they eat.

“After three seasons together, we knew each other perfectly and the way that we want to play.”

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