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Pep Talk: “I have a lot of respect for Vinnie,”

A good match and returns abound.

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Manchester City face old friend Vincent Kompany and Burnley this midweek and Pep guardiola had a to say ahead of the match.

Let’s dive right in-

Pep on Vinnie

“I have a lot of respect for Vinnie,” the boss said.

“I know what he’s trying to do but sometimes the results are bad but the team is alive. They played really well at Villa away in the FA Cup at Spurs.

“We have to be careful. We prepare as much as possible for tomorrow.”

Pep on life at City

“I have everything that a manager could dream of [at City],”

“The hierarchy they always support me.

“We have changed a lot of players in seven years but all of them have been incredibly supportive.

“[It’s a] Good environment so I have everything.

“Still, I feel good and of course one day it is going to finish but I don’t think about that right now.”

“We cannot compare the pressure we have in England and Spain in my experience,”

“It’s a thousand times higher and tougher there in Spain than here.

“Here for the managers is a real place to be.

“Obviously, there are a lot of games and six press conferences a week and every three days a game.

“But the pressure you feel in Barcelona is not comparable to another club.

“I understand completely.”

Pep on injuries

“The most important news is almost all the squad are fit,”

The important part of season starts now. FA Cup, the Champions League is around the corner and of course the Premier League – it’s important that we have everyone available.”

“We have all the squad, we are stronger. Definitely.

“Erling is an important player for us. Two months out, but he feels good - we have a training session [today], but apparently tomorrow he will be with us.”

A great match ahead and one City will need to win to keep pace.