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"Gabriel's so strong, he knows how we like him and support him. We have training later and we will see later". TAG Heuer is the Official Timekeeping Partner of the Premier League.

Ahead of a day of destiny, Guardiola explained why he is so desperate for his players to keep passing the ball over short distances - and also revealed his thoughts on switching his defensive system next season. "It would be wonderful, something different", he said. Despite United's defensive approach, City were able to breach them at Old Trafford and pick up the momentum a year ago. We have made mistakes and the nice thing is we can do better when that has happened. I always had a positive relationship with him and finally as a pundit, I always felt he was an honest man.

City have often been unfairly cast as a team of mercenaries, an image that was ended by Pablo Zabaleta's departure in the summer.

De Bruyne has played a major part.

Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola won his first English silverware in February when City trounced Arsenal in the League Cup final.

Mourinho was asked on a couple of occasions in his press conference to comment on City's thumping 3-0 Champions League defeat against Liverpool on Wednesday night, but he opted to steer clear of the subject as he insisted the result was not his concern. With the schedule being lighter after their surprise exit from the Champions League at the hands of Sevilla, Mourinho's side will be fresh and won't have the burden of playing too many matches.

Tributes to darts champion Eric Bristow who owned Collier Row pub
He was one of the players involved in the creation of the breakaway WDC (later PDC) after darts' split in 1992. He retired from competitive darts in 2007 and worked as a commentator and pundit on Sky Sports darts coverage.

Now on 84 points, the leaders are chasing Chelsea's Premier League record tally of 95 points set in 2004-05. I think it's good they have that'.

City leads second-place United by 16 points and can clinch the title in record time by winning the derby at home.

Manchester City are sure favourites to win with odds of 10/11 whereas Manchester United are ranked 3/1 bets while a draw is available at 11/4.

"This game doesn't come in an ideal situation, for there's quite a gap of points between the two of us, but we all know that it's a special game", Mata said.

Guardiola claimed the costs of a deal for France midfielder Pogba would have been prohibitive but, in any case, he is surprised Raiola would want his players to work with someone he appears to have such a low opinion of. "That's what our fans deserve".


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