M
SM
Dec 3, 2019 at 8.15pm UK
Burnley
1-4
Man CityManchester City
Brady (89')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Jesus (24', 50'), Rodri (68'), Mahrez (87')
/esi/1339/6_G_1_92646/index.html?art_id=381457&game_id=92646&sport_id=1&ESI

Pep Guardiola confirms Fernandinho will stay in Manchester City's defence

:Headline: Pep Guardiola confirms Fernandinho will stay in Manchester City's defence: ID:381457: from db_amp
The midfielder has impressed Guardiola since standing in due to an injury crisis.
PA | 7d

Pep Guardiola has no intention of moving Fernandinho back into the Manchester City midfield.

The Brazilian has been playing as a centre-back in recent months.

That situation first came about through necessity with Aymeric Laporte and John Stones out injured but has endured even with the latter now fit again.

Fernandinho has impressed in the heart of the City defence (Owen Humphreys/PA)

City boss Guardiola concedes pairing Stones with Nicolas Otamendi is not a combination he likes.

The pair – who are currently the club's only fit senior specialist central defenders – have not started together since a calamitous loss to Norwich in September.

The champions have now fallen 11 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, with Fernandinho's absence from midfield cited as an issue by critics.

Yet Guardiola has no intention of moving the 34-year-old back into his preferred role.

Asked why Stones and Otamendi are not trusted together, Guardiola said: "Because I like 'Dinho playing in that position a lot.

"Right now, yes (I prefer him as a defender). That is why he plays."

Asked about the midfield, he added: "I prefer (Ilkay) Gundogan and Rodri in this position."

After failing to keep a clean sheet in seven games in all competitions, however, Guardiola accepts his team needed to tighten up at the back.

Guardiola is loathe to partner John Stones with Nicolas Otamendi (Martin Rickett/PA)

"We are not good enough," he said. "We will improve."

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

Speaking at a press conference to preview the trip to Turf Moor, Guardiola confirmed that the striker will also miss Saturday's clash against Manchester United.

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

City suffered another blow to their hopes of winning a third successive title as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Newcastle last Saturday.

Yet Guardiola is determined to fight on and recognises the importance of claiming victory against a tough Burnley side.

He said: "They have to believe we will win tomorrow. That is the fact.

"In the situation we are we cannot think about the people who are in front. We have to think about what we have to do to win the games and play quite similar to recent games, especially like Newcastle and, except for 20-25 minutes, against Chelsea. We played good.

"We try to have the chances that we have and concede few, to be more solid in this department and improve.

"It is always difficult for all teams (at Burnley). What they do they do perfectly. We need to adapt to their style and play our way."

amp_article_381457 : Database Data restored...  : 
last updated article - 2019-12-02 15:30:08:
html db last update - 2019-12-09 22:23:10 :

ex - 7200 : read : read cache amp html

Click here for more stories about Pep Guardiola

Click here for more stories about Manchester City

Share this article now:
Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool16151040142646
2Leicester CityLeicester16122239102938
3Manchester CityMan City16102444192532
4Chelsea169253124729
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd166642519624
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves165922319424
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs166553023723
8Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd165741916322
9Arsenal165742424022
10Crystal Palace166461418-422
11Newcastle UnitedNewcastle166461723-622
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton165472024-419
13Burnley165382129-818
14Everton165291928-917
15Bournemouth164481824-616
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham164481828-1016
17Aston Villa164392328-515
18Southampton164391835-1715
19Norwich CityNorwich1632111734-1711
20Watford16169930-219
Scroll for more - Tap for full version

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Ligue 1 Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Paris Saint-GermainPSG1613033592639
2Marseille1710432519634
3Lille178452115628
4Rennes168352217527
5Bordeaux177552820826
6NantesNantes178271516-126
7Lyon1774628161225
8Saint-EtienneSt Etienne177462123-225
9Reims16664149524
10Montpellier HSCMontpellier176652117424
11MonacoMonaco167362625124
12Angers177372023-324
13Nice177282527-223
14Brest175662120121
15StrasbourgStrasbourg176382023-321
16Dijon174491119-816
17AmiensAmiens164481931-1216
18Metz173681425-1115
19Toulouse1733111935-1612
20Nimes162681228-1612
Scroll for more - Tap for full version
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
X

We value your privacy

A part of our GDPR compliance we need to ask for your consent. We and our partners use technology such as cookies on Sports Mole to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology on Sports Mole.