Pep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City team that Burnley will be dangerous opponents this weekend.
The City boss believes the Clarets have a number of factors in their favour ahead of today’s lunchtime Premier League clash at Turf Moor.
Firstly, City have had little training time after their Champions League trip to Borussia Monchengladbach in midweek, while Guardiola expects Sean Dyche’s men to bounce back after last weekend’s 4-0 loss to West Brom.
Guardiola said: “I saw their games. I am really impressed. I think it will be the toughest [game] for our regeneration.
“It is a derby, it is many things. We cannot forget they beat Liverpool, they lost in the 93rd minute against Arsenal, and they draw at Old Trafford.
“What they do, they do really well. I am really impressed about their quality, their spirit.
“Of course they lost the last game 4-0 to West Brom, but I can imagine what happens when a team loses 4-0. Their attention and focus is higher than before.
“I prefer teams when they win a lot of games. They didn’t win. So, in this moment, they are ready and prepared.
“In terms of intensity, I think they will be better. Their legs are faster and cleaner than ours.
“This game is key for us, so important in terms of the points and in terms of getting better at our kind of game.”
It’s hard to say if Yaya Toure will return after being ineligible in midweek, but Guardiola feels the midfielder can have a big role to play this season. Toure scored twice on his return to the side against Crystal Palace last week after the club’s long-running row with his agent was resolved.
Asked if Toure could even feature in defence — after it emerged that captain Vincent Kompany will be out for four to six weeks with a knee injury — Guardiola said: “Yaya can play in many positions but I think we have other options to play as central defenders.
“Yaya is going to play in more offensive terms and can decide the last terms, to score goals, in our build-up.”
Striker Sergio Aguero is a doubt after sustaining a foot problem in Wednesday’s Champions League draw. “Sergio finished the game not injured but he has a problem in his foot,” Guardiola said.
“I am going to wait to see his condition.”
© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved