Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: 'Kevin De Bruyne injury down to fatigue'

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One idea would be to reverse the game and stage it at the Etihad, but this would leave City facing the prospect of finishing the season with four away games out of the last five.

That's despite racing to a two-goal lead.

"In the end if Tottenham want to suggest something they'll speak with our CEO, and our people and the best for the Premier League, and we are going to decide".

And through City's gripping documentary which chronicles their 2017/18 campaign, footage has surfaced of the dressing room exchange. F****** useless. F*** me.

"Because, I think we have to understand sometimes, because we're worn out and that's the time we need to regroup". City are a really good side, great manager, some great players, a way of playing that they all know about. He continues: "F****** exhausted? We stopped f****** running in the second half".

Guardiola: "When you lose in football, you think, we didn't run. That is not the point".

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"Just focus today, when the ball is outside, close the channel", he said before the 5-0 win over Liverpool last September.

"We never know. My opinion is that when you ask a lot of the players, over more than 11 months, then after he comes back, this (injury) can happen", Guardiola told reporters on Friday.

Guardiola expects De Bruyne to be fit again by the beginning of December, but acknowledges City will have a tough task dealing with his absence, just as they did when a knee injury ruled out left-back Benjamin Mendy for virtually the whole of last season.

"Winning our individual battles, sticking together as a unit, f****** defenders defending, midfielders box to box, f****** keepers".

"Football is so complicated at the high level guys". We are exhausted? Fuck you!

If you haven't yet watched an episode, you need to - it's brilliant viewing.

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