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Amid injury fears Guardiola warns hectic schedule will "kill" players

13 January 2018

"That's why I will rotate the team because, if not, many players will go out".

Sky Sports Jamie Carragher has described Guardiola as the “Star” in Citys success and is a key reason behind Raheem Sterlings improvement at the Etihad this season — which has seen the England global score 13 Premier League goals so far.

"Maybe Arsene (Wenger) is anxious about that", Guardiola said, "but I tell him many times that 2004 run is for him".

City lost striker Gabriel Jesus to a ligament injury early in the 0-0 draw at Palace on Sunday that will keep him out for up to six weeks.

Asked about his relationship with Guardiola after the 3-1 defeat of Watford, the attacker replied: 'Everything is fine'. It's not normal guys. "And that's why there will be players not fit".

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The EPL leaders almost lost the game in the 90th minute when Palace were awarded a penalty after Wilfried Zaha was appeared to have been fouled by Raheem Sterling. "I have until 2020, I think - the truth is I hope to see out my contract and I'll try to do my best from here until the end of the season, and after that we will see what happens", he said. "As soon as we can have the most players available, it is better for everyone".

"Of course space them [the matches] out".

'This is not basketball, it's not tennis - players need recovery.

They were able to do so against a Watford side who have now only won one of their last nine, and though they sit midtable, are on one of the worst runs of form in the Premier League.

"And maybe Kyle will be out but you see how many players have got muscular problems in that period".

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"I am happy because John [Stones] and Fabian [Delph] are back, we will see when Vinny [Kompany] can come back".

We conceded some chances in the first half and they could have scored some goals but generally we controlled the game so well with counter-attacks and long balls. Fifth place belongs to Tottenham Hotspur, who beat Swansea 2-0 Tuesday on a rain-soaked pitch in South Wales.

Though Arsenal had taken a lead against West Brom, handball decision by referee Mike Dean against Calum Chambers in the closing moments allowed the hosts to equalise from the penalty spot in the 89th minute that denied the Gunners three points.

Southampton is 17th, also on 20 points alongside Stoke, while Palace, rock bottom for so long at the start of the campaign, moved up to 14th on 22.

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Amid injury fears Guardiola warns hectic schedule will