Man City's Pep Guardiola defends himself against Gary Neville criticism

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Guardiola played down that suggestion, adding that in his decade-long coaching career he had always previously named a full bench.

The same report says that Manchester United are not planning on signing any more attacking players in the summer after completing a deal to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal last month. "It's so serious. And he should know that because he was a manager - for a short time". Sometimes I take that decision and of course the prestigious pundit can say whatever he wants. But I take the decisions.

"They have to become killers in the final third and they are not at the moment", he said on the Gary Neville Podcast.

City have suffered with injuries in recent weeks, but Guardiola has acknowledged that he would like to leave the Belgian playmaker out of his squad at some point in the next few weeks.

But the City boss insisted that he genuinely didn't have enough players and couldn't call on reinforcements from the lower teams.

"I think it's a joke, I absolutely think it's a joke" he said.

"They look like a team that play five per cent below the intensity that they can play at and should play at".

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"I slaughtered him when I saw it, I said you do a horrific tackle like that and I get three days of hell".

"We played two-and-a-half days ago". David trained with us on Friday at 4pm in the afternoon, but during the session he said he wasn't ready.

The 47-year-old is quoted by the Manchester Evening News as saying: "In that period, I could not give him rest because David had some personal problems. If the training session had been at 11am, I'd have had 18, but it's not a big issue".

"Guardiola has been furious over a series of risky challenges aimed at Kevin De Bruyne, Sane and Brahim Diaz in recent weeks, and several of his players have joined him in calling for refs to offer greater protection". Management is not a book where every time you do the same things. All the managers do the same.

Stones is available to play against Leicester on Saturday, although Silva misses out with a hip injury.

City could be boosted by the return of Leroy Sane from an ankle injury in the next couple of week - after he was initially ruled out for six to seven weeks.

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