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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola explains reason for naming six substitutes

04 Février 2018

Mourinho also suggested that City, although deserving of their current position in the Premier League table, haven't been so deserving in some of the matches that they have won.

Mourinho told a news conference ahead of United's game versus Huddersfield Town that, with 13 games remaining, his team must now aim to be "the first of the last, we have to try to finish second".

Christia Eriksen got the hosts off to a dream start with the third fastest goal in the league's history, and Phil Jones gave them a second and all three points with an own-goal later on in the first half.

"Last season we won [at Burnley] but it was one of the toughest games we played last season".

'We could take one from second team but they played a game yesterday.

The two clubs meet again at the Etihad on April 7, in eight league games' time, and leaders City now sit on 68 points, 15 clear of their neighbours and nearest challengers.

His City counterpart Pep Guardiola has splashed around £447m on signings, most of it on improving his side's defence.

After flirting with European places for some time, Burnley now find themselves in the seventh spot with 35 points with Leicester City and Everton close behind them.

City's consistency, reproducing excellence in every game with a repetitive brilliance, sets them apart from past teams. "He showed many, many good things in those terms". With the number of points we have in normal conditions that would leave the fight open.

It was already a tall order for United to reel in their rivals and, despite the season only just entering February, Mourinho can not foresee a scenario in which City relinquish their grasp on the title.

He replied: "No, I don't think so".

However, Guardiola's side ooze class and confidence at the moment and should have enough in their tank to shake off any challenges that Burnley might pose and we at the Hard Tackle predict a 2-0 win for the leaders.

City announced their Champions League squad on Friday with Benjamin Mendy included despite still recovering from a cruciate knee ligament injury.

Everytime you think Sean Dyche an Burnley can't surprise you anymore they do exactly that and their position in the Premier League this season has taken most by surprise but to keep it they'll have to make do without a star player. I think it was six months, so two months more.

"The opportunity again has been missed to promote the wonderful youth-team that Manchester City have got", Neville said.

"It's not what I expect to see in a top flight football match - especially when teams are losing and just go out to kick players".

Los Blancos might need to sell some key players in other to raise funds to sign the Paris Saint Germain forward who is believed to be available for a reported fee of £357 million.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola explains reason for naming six substitutes