Pep Guardiola: 'Manchester City have to remain focused'

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Fernandinho insists every player will be ready for Manchester City's FA Cup clash with Burnley if Pep Guardiola needs them.

The fans and TV companies may love it, but Guardiola believes cramming so many games in over Christmas and New Year is putting players at risk. We have a lot of people here [at City] to take care of them, but the schedule does not protect the player. I don't think anything is going to happen because the tradition is the tradition but just think a little bit about the players, please.

"January is going to be tough, as December has been". "After dropping two points, we spoke about our reaction because big teams drop points, but not too much".

"I have until 2020, I think", he said after Tuesday's 3-1 win over Watford.

After a goalless draw at Crystal Palace on Sunday, City are right back in action on Tuesday night at the Etihad against Watford FC. "We need to play every game like we have in the past". "Promise to be back as soon as possible!"

City will now face a nervous wait to find out the extent of the striker's injury as they enter what will be a packed first half of 2018.

"Kevin, we spoke with him and he said 'I want to play, I want to play, I have pain but I want to play", Guardiola said.

Raheem Sterling's opener after 38 seconds was followed by a Christian Kabasele own goal and a Sergio Agüero strike before Andre Gray's late consolation for Watford. "When we win, we focus on the next one, when we don't win, we have to focus on the next one".

"Before we would have been jumping through hoops to get a point", Hodgson added.

"It is not easy to open that gap, especially in the Premier League".

However, with the Champions League knockout stage also beginning in February, it would be quite a challenge for Guardiola to give the players the time off.

Marco Silva: "What I can say now is to come here, compete and do our best to take a good result when you start a game like this".

De Bruyne was carried off on a stretcher in injury time, moments after Ederson's penalty save, and was helped along the touchline by two members of City's medical staff after the final whistle.

"We made five changes from the last game but it's not our fault".

"It was good to be back out on the pitch with the lads", said Stones. "After two days, it means a lot for us".

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