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City Players Need To Be Versatile – Guardiola

City Players Need To Be Versatile – Guardiola

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says it is vital his players can operate in different positions on the pitch.

City’s season continues as they host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday, with the Citizens going into the game four points behind league leaders Liverpool who won at Wolves on Friday night.

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The hectic Christmas schedule means everyone is set to play at some stage, the Palace game is the first of five games over 16 days that will test the depth of Guardiola’s squad so it is important players are versatile.

Guardiola said: “In the last game against Leicester, John Stones played the holding midfield position for Fernandinho and was incredible in the way he played. That’s important, to see the players in different positions so when we have problems we can give time. “We needed to do that. If not, then in February we will die. Until the end of January, it’s incredible the amount of games we have.”

Guardiola also gave a start 19-year-old Brahim Diaz in the Carabao Cup quarter-final win at Leicester but the forward’s future is still unresolved.

The Spaniard is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with Real Madrid. “We are working for him to stay here but I don’t know exactly what the situation is,” Guardiola said.

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