Pep Guardiola says City love to play every three days just as much as they enjoy the opportunity for a break.

City have had a rare midweek without a match since last Sunday’s derby demolition of Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Now, his side are ready to face Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

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However, Guardiola refused to be drawn on whether a few days without playing will help his players against Andoni Iraola’s team.

“I will tell you tomorrow at 4.45,” he said.

“We love to play every three days but it’s nice to have a break and have one or two days off. Rejuvenated.

“It is what it is. We don’t complain when we have a lot of games in a row and we don’t complain when we have time off.”

Iraola’s Bournemouth side sit in 17th in the Premier League with six points from their first 10 games after registering their first win of the campaign against Burnley last weekend.

The Cherries manager enjoys an excellent reputation in his native Spain after three years with Madrid club Rayo Vallecano.

For those reasons, Guardiola expects a tough test this weekend.

“After the first win they are confident. They competed well against Liverpool,” he said.

“Andoni is incredibly well respected in Spain and did a great job at Rayo Vallecano.

“They have good spirit and they do not sit back. Result gives confidence.”

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