Key duo to return for Man City trip

Key duo to return for Man City trip

"They defend deep, switch play, control many areas".

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said the Premier League champions can not compete with LaLiga powerhouses Barcelona and Real Madrid in the transfer market.

Wanderers go into this match off the back of a solid win over Liverpool in the FA Cup last week, and having already held Man City in the Premier League this season, they will head up the M6 high in confidence. "There is not just one or two, there are three or four (Wolves players) and when you are exhausted, they can put on new players".

However, Tottenham will certainly face stiff competition with a host of clubs including the financially stronger Manchester City and Barcelona very much interested in the services of de Jong, who is destined to make a big money move next summer.

"No, I didn't speak with him", Guardiola said. He has averaged 1.3 key passes per game, which is only 0.5 fewer than what Eriksen (Spurs' chief creator) has delivered this season. Nevertheless, after tonight's duel between Man City and Wolves concludes Matchday 22, we will have 15 games which have 45 points left to play. But we can not do it every season. We are not going to pay £100 million for a holding midfielder.

"The system at Wolves involves playing with two holding midfielders, not just one".

"Of course, all departments in the club, we have in every position four or five or six options (potential targets) -- depending on age, what we believe and, of course, the price".

Guardiola did not reference De Jong but conceded City face a hard task beating Barca and Madrid when it comes to transfers. "That's why they are doing incredibly well in the Premier League". "It looks easy but it's not easy", said Guardiola.

"You have to pay the club, pay the family and talk with the players, and with the agents, it's nuts".

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