Man City trio face fitness tests ahead of Stoke trip


The Spaniard said: "I don't like to play on Monday because over the weekend everybody is involved and when the weekend is over, they are like, "the weekend is over, there are no more games", but we have to play. Fabian Delph is like this, like that (uncertain)", Guardiola told reporters on Friday.

City, with the League Cup already in the bag, are virtually certain to win the Premier League title and are among the favourites to lift the Champions League for the first time in their history.

"Instead of being here, where we have been fighting for eight months with the weather, we will go there and train the same way but in better conditions", he said.

Guardiola will take the opportunity of a blank Saturday to watch Manchester United v Liverpool, partly because United are among City's next opponents.

He said: "Sometimes a journalist receives bad information".

"I know everyone wants to anticipate the situation and what will happen, everyone is thinking about when we will win the title".

Guardiola's side visit struggling Stoke City on Monday as they seek to mount an immediate response to Wednesday's surprise, albeit inconsequential, Champions League loss to Basel.

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"Stoke away is always complicated".

Pep also isn't a fan of Monday night games. "I prefer to play weekends, when all the teams play".

City lost at Wigan three weeks ago and drew against Everton in August, while Guardiola also suggested the midweek defeat by Basle should serve as a warning to his players.

Girona FC are a club closely linked to City and Pep, with his brother being a part-owner with the CFG.

"It's incredible what they have done so far this season".

Finally, before the embargoed portion of the press conference, Pep was asked by Guillem Balague if he's ever felt like Arsene Wenger while at City, after the Arsenal boss revealed he's been suffering sleepless nights lately.

However, the 23-year-old suffered his serious setback in a challenge on Andros Townsend during City's 5-0 September win over Crystal Palace, placing question marks against his participation in the rest of the current season and France's World Cup bid.