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Guardiola: Entire squad key to busy fixture period

Pep Guardiola expects every member of the squad to have a part to play in upcoming fixtures against Borussia Dortmund and Wolves.

City welcome the German side to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday 14 September hoping to maintain our 100% start to Champions League Group G.

We are faced with a tough assignment at Molineux just three days later, as Guardiola’s men prepare to face Wolves in Saturday’s 12:30 kick-off.

But the boss, who revealed he has 20 players available for selection, has stressed the importance of the entire squad over the coming days in tackling a demanding period of fixtures.

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“We pick a team to win tomorrow. It is so important," he said.

“Until the World Cup, being there in the Premier League and close to the top when the World Cup starts and then we see how people come back.

“But in the Champions League; you need to qualify. We won the first game and Champions League at home you have to be strong.

“Tomorrow’s selection, it is 12:30 Saturday and we are lucky we don't travel.

“It’s a difficult one, a team like Wolves is hard because of the mentality they have for many years. They have two weeks to prepare exactly that game.

“I have 20 players available, everyone is fit and fresh mentally.

“I’m pretty sure they will all play both games, I’m not sure from the beginning but maybe the second part of both games. That is the feeling right now.”

Both City and Dortmund began our European campaigns with convincing victories over Sevilla and FC Copenhagen respectively, but it’s Pep Guardiola’s men who currently top of Group G by virtue of goal difference.

With Erling Haaland, Sergio Gomez and Manuel Akanji all potentially facing their former club for the first time, there is perhaps an extra level of significance placed on Wednesday’s clash.

And the City boss admits their in-depth knowledge of our opponents could work in our favour, just as much as our opponents will be well versed in facing our new trio.

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He said: “Players know about football. They know what they are looking for. They can have specifics about a player because they know them better than me.

“When you are in the locker room or on the pitch, they were there for years, they know far more than me.

“I can watch a thousand video tapes but they know more.

“The formation maybe isn’t as important as how is the manager or how they felt they played against us a few seasons ago.”

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