Pep Guardiola welcomes 'fantastic' Leicester into Premier League title race

Man City must tighten up at the back, says Guardiola

Laporte insists Man City can still win the league and sets a timeframe on his return from injury

City can not afford to lose any more ground on Liverpool as they pursue a third successive Premier League crown, with Manchester United set to arrive at Etihad Stadium four days after their clash at Burnley. We have another alternative in other players and I'm thinking about that.

The 34-year-old Brazil midfielder, who has been deployed as a centre-back this season, sees his current deal expire in June 2020.

Guardiola said: "My feeling is the day was good, I think we played well".

Asked why Stones and Nicolas Otamendi are not now trusted together, Guardiola said: 'Because I like 'Dinho in that position a lot.

"We have to play quite similar to Saturday at Newcastle".

"They have to believe in a win tomorrow, that is a fact", said Guardiola. They are incredible. They take of themselves perfectly, have an incredible unit.

Asked what defensive qualities in particular Fernandinho has, Guardiola said: "Have you watched the games?"

After a whole summer drama, Real Madrid midfielder Isco is finally finding form at the club, playing 90 minutes in the win against Alavés at the weekend. "That is for the players who have finished their contracts and the players who have them". Of course, it's not good for us.

Jurgen Klopp's men have only dropped two points so far this term to establish their dominant position, but Guardiola rejected the suggestion that belief is fading among his own squad ahead of a Tuesday trip to Burnley that precedes the Manchester derby.

'In the situation we are in we can not think about the people who are in front.

"[If they leave] we don't have to rebuild too much".

The Citizens have won the last three meetings against the Clarets, scoring 11 goals and conceding zero. "Three players is just substituting some positions".

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Manchester City had Amazon Prime Video to thanks for saving the day after their changing room was plunged into darkness before their Premier League clash at Burnley.

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