Premier League, Manchester Derby: Suspension, ban verdicts for Paul Pogba, Pep Guardiola

Erica Murray
December 7, 2017

The 24-year-old France global said last week he hoped "very important" City players would suffer injuries in the title race.

Toure has featured five times this season, helping City extend the winning streak to an incredible 20 games.

Pep Guardiola will not allow his Manchester City players to rest on their laurels tomorrow night when they face Shakhtar Donetsk, despite having already won the group and qualified.

Indeed, the only real downside to losing 2-1 to Shakhtar Donetsk is that the timing is not ideal, given it comes right before Sunday's Manchester derby.

"We want to do what we always do, try to play our style, put them under pressure and see where it goes from there".

"There will be better teams (who play City) than Huddersfield, Southampton and West Ham, yet all came close".

And their mutual respect could lead to Sarri being handed a favour by Pep, with Napoli desperately needing City to win to have any chance of advancing to the next stage of the Champions League. City also returned to the 3-4-3 formation that looked less than fluid in the first few games of the season. Phil Foden, the 17-year-old No.10 tipped for a bright future, played at left-back.

Guardiola told reporters on Tuesday that Silva is doubt for Sunday's Manchester derby against United, but refused to specify the midfielder's problem, simply describing the issue as "something".

Defeat means City, which had already qualified as Group F victor, failed to become only the seventh club in Champions League history to win every game in the group stage.

"I would think that Mourinho will play a more cautious game".

Yet even after seeing his side progress, Mourinho reacted to comments made by Guardiola regarding the current fitness of Manchester City's David Silva.

There are never any guarantees in football, of course, and Guardiola will still have his work cut out to get one over his old rival Jose Mourinho, especially now his players have tasted defeat for the first time in months. Will he continue his rich vain of form in the Manchester derby?

He said: "Congratulations to them, it was a good game".

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