Pep Guardiola expecting full strength Fulham side for FA Cup clash

Adam Reach celebrates Sam Winnall's goal

Guardiola was relaxed about the prospect of Liverpool's irresistible form this season taking them beyond City's record 100-point Premier League total, set as they won the title two seasons ago.

'It is not about this one (player) or another one.

Mark Lawrenson is expecting Manchester City to cruise through to the fifth round of the FA Cup by claiming a 3-0 win over Fulham in their fourth-round tie on Sunday afternoon. "We broke it when someone thought it couldn't be broken", Guardiola told reporters on Friday.

The Football Association abolished them from the fifth round onwards last term and Guardiola, having seen Manchester United's Marcus Rashford injured on FA Cup duty earlier in January, said: "I'm not saying what the FA has to do". History speaks clearly about that.

Pep Guardiola has welcomed Aymeric Laporte's return to action but says the France defender can not single-handedly solve Manchester City's problems.

Guardiola is delighted to be able to call on his star centre-back once more but again stated Laporte will not fix all of City's problems.

Sam Winnall celebrates after scoring his sides second goal
Sam Winnall celebrates after scoring his sides second goal

"He played a little bit more than 70 minutes for the first game".

"If you go to places like the Etihad and play against teams like Man City with no real conviction and don't try to put your stamp on the game, nine times out of 10 you roll out of there with a loss".

"He's a guy who helps us to do our build-up easier and when that happens we lose balls, concede fewer counterattacks and that's why we are more stable".

"He's strong in the air, fast and has a special personality". We have spoken about that with the team and hopefully we can be ready because it is a final.

The report also stated that City manager Pep Guardiola will have the full squad available for selection except for long-term absentee winger Leroy Sane. "If Harwood-Bellis had a loan offer, maybe we would consider it for his development". I think Harwood-Bellis is going to stay until the end of the season. "When we won the league we repeated the league", added Guardiola.

"I don't know if there were any offers from the Premier League".


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