Huge boost for Man City ahead of Watford clash

Pep Guardiola names the reason Manchester City aren't Champions League favourites

Speaking after City's win over Watford at the Etihad Stadium, the City boss said: "Gabriel will be out for between four to six weeks, or a little bit longer, but hopefully as soon as possible".

"If you think about far away you are going to distract from what we have to do today, and that will be a big, big mistake".

In pole position to win the Premier League, the Citizens also remain active in the Champions League and Carabao Cup and will kick off their FA Cup campaign in January.

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Jesus originally went down in pain just 11 minutes into the weekend's clash, but chose to play on.

"Maybe one month or two months", Guardiola said of the likely length of absence of the Brazil striker.

As Tottenham Hotspur moved back into fifth, leapfrogging London rivals Arsenal with a 2-0 victory at bottom club Swansea City, Manchester City marched on as in-form Raheem Sterling set up their win with a goal after 38 seconds.

While Watford have struggled to defend, they have been better than expected moving forward, with Abdoulaye Doucouré leading the club in scoring. Please fill out the attached form below with the 11 players you want to see starting against Watford, and which formation you think Pep should choose.


'This is not basketball, it's not tennis - players need recovery.

"I know it is not going to change but for what?" You can play every three, four or five days but not every two days.

"We are in December and there are lot of fixtures to play". Just see how many players have muscular injuries.

David Silva meanwhile is still ruled out for personal reasons. "The first 25 minutes we were too slow and we knew before the match they would push our team back".

He said: "He's free to stay or leave, it depends".

Guardiola said the midfielder was "lucky" it was not more serious but didn't give any more details. "I'm not saying change Boxing Day (December 26) but you can not play at midday at Selhurst Park, come back, celebrate New Year's Eve but are thinking about the game two days later", he said.

'The truth is that I hope to see out my contract and I'll try to do my best from here until the end of the season, and after that we will see what happens with me'.

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