Manchester City avoided facing a competitor in the English Premier League in the fifth round of the FA Cup, but Pep Guardiola, his coach, does not feel that his qualification is guaranteed against Bristol City, who maintained his unbeaten record in the last 12 matches.
Bristol City, led by coach Nigel Pearson and who has not lost a match in all competitions since the last week in December, moved up to 13th in the Premier League.
Guardiola told reporters before tomorrow’s confrontation: “From my experience in this country and in the last six years, facing a team from the first division outside your stadium is always difficult. Playing on your court is a little bit different.”
He added: «In the last 12 games he did not lose, which means that he is in his best condition, my scouting team said that the team is good, the coach has experience and did great performances with Leicester City and Watford when he was there a season or two ago, it is a final match. The FA Cup is a very important tournament, so tomorrow we will play against a dangerous team.”
City recovered from back-to-back draws to beat Bournemouth 4-1 at the weekend but Guardiola feels the team, two points behind league leaders Arsenal and having played a game more, can do better.
Guardiola said: «The way we play is good and the results could be better and this is what happens sometimes in football. A lot of things will happen in the Premier League and everyone will drop points, but we can’t drop any points and we want to fight until the end.
Guardiola confirmed that Kevin De Bruyne was still suffering from a minor injury after he missed the Bournemouth match, while he said he would wait until the last minute to make a decision on the condition of John Stones and Emeric Laporte.
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