Pep Guardiola defends persisting with Fernandinho in Manchester City defence

  • Pep Guardiola defends persisting with Fernandinho in Manchester City defence

Pep Guardiola defends persisting with Fernandinho in Manchester City defence

City have looked far more vulnerable at the back without Laporte, slipping 11 points behind runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool after 14 fixtures.

"No [confidence is not an issue]", Guardiola said, as quoted by City's website.

Despite the fact that Stones and Otamendi were ever-present during City's 2017-18 title success, Guardiola has opted to shift Fernandinho back into the defence while he waits for a key performer to return. "That is why he plays".

"I prefer Gundogan and Rodri in [the defensive midfield] position".

Guardiola recently revealed the Frenchman would be out for "two or three months" but, when asked about his recovery from injury is going, Laporte was feeling more optimistic of an earlier comeback. Of course, it is not good for us. The match was played at Turf Moor with Manchester City winning 1-0.

Gundogan will miss Tuesday's clash at Burnley through suspension and record goalscorer Sergio Aguero remains on the sidelines with a thigh injury.

"He is not ready for the derby but after the derby we will see", Guardiola said.

Meanwhile, Arsenal's interim manager Freddie Ljungberg said Arsenal can still finish in the Premier League top four despite a 2-2 draw at Norwich City on Sunday that extended the club's winless streak in the league to six games.

Yet Guardiola is determined to fight on and recognises the importance of claiming victory against a tough Burnley side. Just now recover, prepare and try to win against Burnley.

"We can't think too much about the people in front".

"So I think we have to think about what we have to do to win the games and play quite similar to how we played in our [previous] games, especially the last one against Newcastle or the last 20, 25 minutes against Chelsea".

"We have 26 shots against Newcastle and they scored two goals", Guardiola said. What they do they do perfectly.

"We knew it when we played them in the last game of the last season and they continue doing really well".