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Manchester City vs. Leicester City, Premier League 2017: Managers Press Conferences

Read from Pep Guardiola and Craig Shakespeare ahead of Saturday's match

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Manchester City and Leicester City face off at the Etihad on Saturday, and the coaches have been talking to the media this week. Pep Guardiola commented on the injury situation, the Top 4 race and Yaya Touré's birthday, while Craig Shakespeare praised City's attacking prowess and recalled Leicester's amazing 3-1 win at the Etihad last season.

Here's a rundown from the managers' press conferences:


Pep Guardiola

“There are no injuries except Gundogan and Bravo. Sergio trained in the last few days and the rest are OK. Like Sergio, John Stones trained with the group the last two or three days as well.

“It’s been intense, fun and I’ve enjoyed it. I expected a fight until the end in the Premier League, fighting for the league until the last four or five games. In the box, we have been penalized by not scoring enough goals.

“There is still so much to play for. We are aiming for third, but if we finish fourth and we go into the qualifiers of the Champions League, like this season, it won’t change things or our preseason plans.

“We will still go the US to play tough friendly games. We are going to prepare to be ready for the first game, whether that’s the Premier League or the Champions League – we will be ready whoever we start against.

“But I am so optimistic that we can qualify for the Champions League. I think we will be better next season.

“We’re going to buy [Yaya Touré] as big a cake as possible! We’ll do that after the game on Saturday.”

Source: ManCity

Craig Shakespeare

“I saw the game against Crystal Palace and they looked hungry to me. I thought they were outstanding. Their offense would cause any team in the world problems.

“They beat a side like Crystal Palace that was good form going into the game and hard to break down, but it was a hard day for Palace. I expect them to be in the same ilk against us on Saturday.

“I have said on many occasions, coming away from that game I sat at home that night and for the first time that season I thought ‘wow, we could go on to win this.’ I think we actually put a good marker down that day. The overall team performance was outstanding.

“It surprised a few people and I think we surprised Man City on the day, how together we were, the work rate and energy but also the ability. I thought it was an outstanding team performance that day.”

Source: LCFC.com