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.
City manager Pep Guardiola yesterday admitted that Turf Moor would be "a hard place to go", warning his flagging side, who are 11 points behind leaders Liverpool who are on 40, to expect an aerial bombardment.
Pep Guardiola would hold his pre-Burnley press conference on Monday afternoon with the Spaniard acknowledging what a tough place Burnley is to visit.
"Of course we have to replace them but we don't have to rebuild too much".
Manchester City will play Burnley at Turf Moor on Tuesday before facing their Manchester United rivals in Etihad on Saturday - live on Sky Sports Premier League. "They attack really well and, in defence, they are so aggressive". "They are tall, aggressive and a good team". They are so good with the second balls and the set pieces.
"They have to believe in a win tomorrow, that is a fact", said Guardiola.
"We have to make sure that we work a lot and don't lose any more games". Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte, Leroy Sane and Oleksandr Zinchenko will all miss the match. Their lengthy absentee list could tip the balance in favour of the hosts.
Clarets' manager Sean Dyche is hopeful that Charlie Taylor and Ashley Westwood can return in time for the City game, though Johann Gudmundsson remains sidelined. But, in Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes, they have one of the most-potent strike duo in the top flight.
"We had 26 shots, not all on target, at Newcastle".
"He is not ready for the derby but after the derby we will see", Guardiola said.
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