Pep Guardiola calls for calm as Manchester City chase treble

Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City aren't at Barcelona's level yet

"Some of the players are better".

"Instead of being here, where we have been fighting for eight months with the weather, we will go there and train the same way but in better conditions", he said.

"Delph is like this, like that (50/50)".

"I know everyone wants to anticipate the situation and what will happen", he said.

It was claimed earlier this week the City manager's agent Josep Maria Orobitg was due to fly to Manchester to conclude fresh terms with club owner Sheikh Mansour on behalf of his client. "My agent is not in town - was not, is not, will not be in town in the next weeks". "The journalist knows more information than me".

Guardiola's side visit struggling Stoke City on Monday as they seek to mount an immediate response to Wednesday's surprise, albeit inconsequential, Champions League loss to Basel. "We need to be relaxed, stay calm and think about Stoke City".

City's two Monday fixtures so far this season have brought significant disappointment for the City manager; they dropped their only home league points to date as Everton drew at the Etihad Stadium in August, and saw their hopes of an unprecedented quadruple ended last month when League One promotion candidates Wigan knocked them out of the FA Cup. "That's why I can imagine how tough it'll be". "I prefer to play weekends, when all the teams play".

"It's nothing to do with Wigan - the reason we lost there was that for 50 minutes it was 10 v 11 and we were not precise enough to find a goal", Guardiola said.

Leicester and Southampton are also long-term admirers of the player, who can play out wide or up front, as they look to bolster their attacking options for next season. "Pablo Machin, the manager, has done an fantastic job". We are not good.

However, the 23-year-old suffered his serious setback in a challenge on Andros Townsend during City's 5-0 September win over Crystal Palace, placing question marks against his participation in the rest of the current season and France's World Cup bid.

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