Guardiola defends sub snub amid City injury crisis


City manager Pep Guardiola was, however, not too concerned.

"Football is football, the next day he could score, remember he scored against Southampton in the 96th minute", he said.

"He's an absolutely incredible manager, the work he has done with this team is unbelievable and the team performances absolutely outstanding".

Toure left Guardiola's Barcelona to join City in 2010 and has been one of the most influential players in the club's modern history, scoring in Wembley final wins over Stoke City and Sunderland and serving as a star performer in the Premier League title triumphs of 2011-12 and 2013-14.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a Johann Berg Gudmundsson's 82nd minute equaliser ensured that the hosts earned a share of the spoil at Turf Moor.

City were without David Silva due to injury, while Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus were also unavailable, leading Guardiola to only name six substitutes on his bench.

But before the interval, De Bruyne's terrific 25-yard shot was parried by Pope, with Sergio Aguero missing the follow-up, and Aguero wasted another opening, shooting straight at the keeper's torso.

Everton have won just one of their last nine games as Arsenal thrashing sees relegation fears being to reemerge.

"The game is important for us because we need points to be the first of the last", the Portuguese said.

Burnley equalised in the final third and Guardiola can only see a ideal side.

"If you are an academy manager or reserve team manager at Manchester City you must think I am wasting my time".

Burnley showed great character and organisation in their defending from the start but, when they made an error, City punished it clinically.

The Gunners flew out of the blocks and were 3-0 up in less than 20 minutes. City created very little by their standards in open play faced by a Burnley side who played 4-4-2 but effectively with the two strikers as attacking midfielders. That was a credit to us.

Mourinho was more forthcoming when it came to the return of Bailly and Ibrahimovic, expressing his hope that they would be available for the Champions League trip to Sevilla on February 21.

Meanwhile, second-placed United have averaged 2.12 points per game and are on course to get 81 points overall. There are still 36 points to play for and a lot will happen.

"We don't lack belief". Last season he was so important for us.