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"If you think about far away you are going to distract from what we have to do today, and that will be a big, big mistake".

The Catalan is arguably the most revered coach in world football, with his table-topping Manchester City side now on a run of 18 successive Premier League victories ahead of Sunday's clash with Crystal Palace.

Aguero's admission comes with City's hierarchy holding an internal transfer meeting this week to determine whether they bring forward plans to sign Alexis Sanchez in the wake of Gabriel Jesus's knee injury by bidding for the Arsenal striker this month.

The midfielder was one of a number of City's side to play every minute of a hectic Christmas schedule that saw them face four games in just 10 days.

"The federations don't think about the players but they have to protect them and play with quality and not quantity".

'This is not basketball, it's not tennis - players need recovery. "I know the show must go on, but this is not normal", Guardiola was quoted as saying by his club's website.

"You play 90 minutes, 90 minutes, 90 minutes and then go to your worldwide team and play two 90 minutes that don't count for anything in terms of points".

The argument to keep the tradition going is generally strong among fans, however, who enjoy having a game to watch nearly every day during the festive period.

"You can play every three, four or five days but not play every two days because at the end it happens [injuries] like with Kyle Walker or yesterday with other players", he added.

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"We're going to kill the players". Just see how many muscular injuries there are.

Silva has missed the last couple of games due to personal reasons while Stones has been sidelined for a spell through injury.

"It is tough because the calendar is so demanding", said Guardiola. But I know it won't happen.

He said: "He's free to stay or leave, it depends".

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

"First of all I'll try to finish the season as best as possible, and hopefully that's with a trophy, because the idea at City is always to finish the season with something in our hands", he said.

He said: "Family is most important".

'They are the ones who say you have to go or have to stay, so I'll respect whatever they tell me'.

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