Manchester City defender John Stones is in line to return for next weekend's Premier League clash with Leicester City after missing Saturday's draw at Burnley with a knee problem, manager Pep Guardiola said.
"We knew we'd have to take our chances, I think we did extremely well in this game". Forget the second team - even if they played yesterday still bring one on the bench - the youth team are there. "We know how hard and demanding it is", Danilo is quoted by Sky Sports News as saying. Burnley are seventh in the league as things stand, four points away from 40 and they fully deserve to be there.
And after the game Guardiola said much the same, insisting he preferred to give his youngsters game time with the second team rather than let them take the final seat on the bench.
Guardiola has managed to name an unchanged forward line, however, with Sergio Aguero playing centrally, between Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva.
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"If you're the Academy or reserve team manager at Manchester City you must think, "I'm wasting my time".
"But we played, in general, an outstanding performance".
Of all the midfielders at English sides in the Champions League, only Manchester United's Nemanja Matic has played more Premier League minutes than De Bruyne this season.
But Guardiola defended his decision, saying he had no more senior players and with his Under-23 team having played on Friday he did not want to call up a player from that squad.
It looked like winning the Europa League was going to be Arsene Wenger's best option to get the club back in to Europe's elite competition and they have a very winnable last-32 tie against Swedish minnows Ostersunds coming up this month. "They are injured so I would like to have 18 players", he added. It's not what I expect to see in a top-flight football match - especially when teams are losing and just go out to kick players.