Leroy Sane poses for selfie with Manchester City supporter

Leroy Sane poses for selfie with Manchester City supporter

Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola (R) speaks with Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero (L) from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Manchester City at The London Stadium, in east London on November 24, 2018.

Oleksandr Zinchenko was substituted with a bloodied nose at the weekend and is also a doubt for a game that comes too soon for Kevin De Bruyne, who has an injured knee.

The visitors, meanwhile, haven't lost on the road for 13 games but Gracia added: "I prefer not to focus on the stats and numbers because if we see the stats maybe we prefer not to play". In that situation this month, with a lot of games, he was not safe. People will start to be exhausted and a lot of games.

But they are also not yet good enough, or do not possess a squad deep enough, to set their targets higher.

"It is what it is".

"I'm always confident but always doubtful at the same time because we don't start well many times", Mourinho said.

They are just one point behind eighth-placed Leicester City, which defeated Watford 2-0 thanks to first-half goals from striker Jamie Vardy and midfielder James Maddison. It's the same. So why would we complain?

Burnley remain in the bottom three after a limp display, while Palace move up to 15th.

Yet from what seemed a position of control, City uncharacteristically switched off in the latter stages of the first half, allowing Bournemouth back into the game.

Guardiola has stressed Manchester City's willingness to hold onto the young Spaniard, but admits that the final decision will depend on what the player wants to do with his career.

Riyad Mahrez will be used often over the busy Christmas schedule, making it tough to determine how Guardiola will rotate his men.

He is clearly still young enough to emerge from his slump, but City are a club in a hurry and Guardiola might choose to bolster his attacking options in January because right now he simply can not afford to be without Aguero for a prolonged period. He refused to criticise the player earlier in the season and is not getting carried away by his current form. It is all very well having a shedload of dazzling talents, bonding them to a common goal, educating them in their roles and responsibilities and equipping them with the confidence to play with dash and creative courage is the reason he deserves all the praise.

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