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Guardiola happy to dream of warm-weather camp as Man City battle on four fronts

Guardiola happy to dream of warm-weather camp as Man City battle on four fronts

Friday 11 January 2019

Guardiola happy to dream of warm-weather camp as Man City battle on four fronts

Pep Guardiola is happy for the “dream” of a warm-weather training camp to wait as Manchester City pursue glory on four fronts.

City have taken advantage of mid-season gaps in the fixture schedule in previous years to travel to work in Abu Dhabi.

Rivals Manchester United have spent the past week in Dubai but City could not head abroad because they were involved in the Carabao Cup semi-finals.

Manchester City training
Manchester City do not have many fixture gaps to head for warm-weather training (Mike Egerton/PA)

With one Premier League game already needing to be rearranged, and title-chasing City also continuing in the FA Cup and Champions League, it may not happen this year.

“It would be a dream,” City boss Guardiola said.

“Last season this period was quite similar but after Wigan beat us in the FA Cup we took time to go there.

“But this morning I saw the schedule. The Everton game is going to be fixed in another week. We don’t have many (gaps).

“We will see but hopefully not because that would mean (we) will continue in the FA Cup and especially the Champions League. If we don’t, we will have this time in the summer.”

City are firmly back in the title race after beating Liverpool to cut the Reds’ lead at the top of the table to four points in their crunch clash last week.

With a star-studded squad and the considerable weight of past league successes behind them, City could make life uncomfortable for the Merseysiders but Guardiola feels the crown is still Liverpool’s to lose.

“I prefer to be in Liverpool’s position,” said City boss Guardiola at a press conference to preview Monday’s encounter with Wolves.

City will hope to have Sergio Aguero back to face Wolves after a bout of illness but Gabriel Jesus excelled in his place in Wednesday’s 9-0 thrashing of Burton, scoring four times.

The 21-year-old put his renewed confidence of late down to having his family over to stay from Brazil but they are now due to return home.

Guardiola accepts it can be difficult for youngsters to settle in different countries but has promised that City will be there to support him.

He said: “The players know they are in an incredible club who try to take care of all of us, all the people working in this organisation.

“The private life is the private life and if they need something we are there. We are there to help.

“Of course, we cannot substitute the mother and when the family can’t be there, it’s difficult. They have to handle the situation but of course he is not alone, he has friends.

“He has an incredible relationship with the Brazilian guys, like Danilo, Fernandinho, Eddie (Ederson), Bernardo, many, many players here.

“I think it won’t be a problem for the next months.”

There were suggestions Kevin De Bruyne, who only recently returned from injury, was unhappy about being substituted after 58 minutes against Burton but Guardiola claimed to know little about it.

He said: “I didn’t speak with him.”

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