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Mancini's admiration for Pep's City

GAFFERS: Roberto Mancini has praised Pep Guardiola's City side.

GAFFERS: Roberto Mancini has praised Pep Guardiola's City side.

Sunday’s trip to Anfield and Manchester City’s plethora of attacking talent rank highly on Friday morning’s media agenda.

The praise for the Blues’ talent in the final third comes from former boss Roberto Mancini, while young Joe Gomez offers up the pre-match chatter from the Liverpool camp.

We’ll start with the former, and the man who guided City to a first league title for 44 years has revealed his admiration for the squad Pep Guardiola has assembled.

The Mirror have Mancini’s quotes, who said: “The frontier in football is this: the search for even more attacking football. The City of Guardiola do this.

"He has at least six attacking players to rotate up front which makes them deadly. Even more than Barcelona.”

Meanwhile, Liverpool defender Gomez is eagerly anticipating City’s arrival on Merseyside and feels his side are more than capable of testing the table-topping Blues.

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Speaking to The Mirror, he said: “They are doing massive things this season and with their run of unbeaten games it shows how good they are but, especially with them coming to Anfield, I don’t feel as if anyone is superior to us when they come here.

“It will be a battle of course because they are a top side and we feel we are too. Obviously it will be a good game but we have confidence in ourselves that we can do it.”

We conclude today’s Media Watch with the ongoing rumours regarding Alexis Sanchez' future, with The Guardian suggesting that Guardiola is central to the Chilean’s thoughts.

Miguel Delaney reports: “The player has already turned down an offer of higher wages from Paris Saint-Germain, because of his desire to work with Guardiola.

“The Catalan coach's influence is seen as key, even though United's offer may force City to pay that bit more to clinch the deal.”

That's it for today, Blues, but stay tuned to mancity.com for this weekend's team news.

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