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Guardiola’s Injury Woes Persist as City Prepares for Sheffield United Challenge

Pep Guardiola faces continued challenges with key player absences as Kevin De Bruyne, Jeremy Doku, Erling Haaland, and John Stones remain unavailable for City’s upcoming clash with Sheffield United.

De Bruyne, sidelined with a hamstring injury since the season opener, continues his absence, while Doku and Haaland have been grappling with recent setbacks. Stones, despite a return in the midweek Everton win, faces unavailability after being substituted before halftime.

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“Nothing has changed from the last games,” Guardiola affirmed regarding player availability. “The same are injured, plus John Stones.”

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Sheffield United, positioned at the bottom of the Premier League, poses a formidable challenge, and Guardiola is wary of Chris Wilder’s side, emphasizing the need to avoid complacency, echoing the late struggle in the reverse fixture.

Guardiola’s Insight on Sheffield United’s Style: “Long Balls, Second Balls, and Transition Play”

Analyzing Sheffield United’s style, Guardiola highlighted the challenges City faces: “Similar with Everton, long balls, second balls. Transition, they defend so deep and attack on the transition. Don’t make mistakes. A lot of intensity and attack in the right moments.”

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Reflecting on his past encounters with Wilder’s team, Guardiola emphasized the difficulty, acknowledging past struggles, “My experience against Chris at Sheffield United was really difficult. We have had problems with them in the past when we won with a little margin.”

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Guardiola Cautions Against Complacency: “Patience and Game-by-Game Approach”

Guardiola cautioned against premature conclusions in the unpredictable Premier League season, emphasizing that no team finds victory easy. “Maybe last season it didn’t happen much, but it’s common. All of us are struggling to get results in a comfortable way. It shows how tough it is, be patient. It’s never over. Go game-by-game.”

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Season Outlook and Title Race: “Stay Calm and Analyze”

Reflecting on City’s recent run, Guardiola urged calmness and emphasized the need for a game-by-game approach. “When we lose a game, we are out of the title race, and when we win a game, we are there. It’s the same for our contenders. It’s a question of staying calm.”

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Liverpool 26 18 6 2 63 25 +38 60
2 Manchester City 26 18 5 3 59 26 +33 59
3 Arsenal 26 18 4 4 62 23 +39 58
4 Aston Villa 26 16 4 6 56 35 +21 52

While aiming for a record fourth successive Premier League title, Guardiola acknowledged the competitive nature of the title race. “Many results you can’t expect. The last game of the [year] we have. It will be so tough like the Crystal Palace game. We have to try to be focused on what we need to do.”

As City navigates the uncertainties of the season’s midpoint, Guardiola remains resolute, emphasizing patience, analysis, and a determined game-by-game mentality in the quest for continued success. Stay tuned for more updates from City News Centre.

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Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Liverpool 26 18 6 2 63 25 +38 60
2 Manchester City 26 18 5 3 59 26 +33 59
3 Arsenal 26 18 4 4 62 23 +39 58
4 Aston Villa 26 16 4 6 56 35 +21 52
5 Tottenham Hotspur 25 14 5 6 52 38 +14 47
6 Manchester United 26 14 2 10 36 36 +0 44
7 Brighton & Hov… 26 10 9 7 49 41 +8 39
8 West Ham United 26 11 6 9 40 46 -6 39
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 11 5 10 40 40 +0 38
10 Newcastle United 26 11 4 11 54 45 +9 37
11 Chelsea 25 10 5 10 42 41 +1 35
12 Fulham 26 9 5 12 36 42 -6 32
13 Crystal Palace 26 7 7 12 31 44 -13 28
14 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 7 11 33 47 -14 28
15 Everton 26 8 7 11 28 34 -6 25
16 Brentford 26 7 4 15 37 48 -11 25
17 Nottingham Forest 26 6 6 14 34 48 -14 24
18 Luton Town 25 5 5 15 35 51 -16 20
19 Burnley 26 3 4 19 25 58 -33 13
20 Sheffield United 26 3 4 19 22 66 -44 13
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