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Man City Provides Update as Guardiola Clarifies His Stance on the Club’s Future

Man City Provides Update as Guardiola Clarifies His Stance on the Club’s Future

Manchester City take on Southampton on Saturday, looking to close the gap on Premier League leaders Arsenal ahead of the Gunners’ trip to Liverpool on Sunday.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Erling Haaland will be available to play against Southampton on Saturday.

With the groin injury that kept him out of Norway’s internationals last month, Haaland missed last weekend’s 4-1 win over Liverpool. In his first season in English football, the 22-year-old has scored 42 goals in 37 appearances for City across all competitions.

He returned to training this week, and despite the fact that the Champions League quarter-final clash with Bayern Munich is just around the corner, Guardiola insists he will not rest his No.9 to focus on next week’s first leg.

“Erling trained really well the last two days,” Guardiola said. “He’ll be ready.”

“Bayern Munich is the last thought. It’s Southampton. The Premier League is every day, every week.”

The match at St Mary’s on Saturday is an opportunity to put pressure on Arsenal before the league leaders visit Anfield on Sunday, but Guardiola said he and City would not underestimate the challenge.

“Now every team is playing for something, it’s the same important fight for the Premier League,” he said. “Every game has its own characteristics and you have to be ready, Southampton have always been so tough.

“Since the year we got 100 points in the 94th minute, the game we won they were much better than us. Always it’s been a tough, tough game. Tomorrow won’t be an exception.”

Guardiola also insisted that playing 24 hours before leaders Arsenal gave the reigning champions no competitive advantage.

“There is no advantage,” he said. “When we played a title race against Liverpool, sometimes we played before, sometimes late. We have to win our games.”

Man City Provides Update as Guardiola Clarifies His Stance on the Club’s Future

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