English Premier League Report, Burnley v Manchester City, 3 February 2018

Kristopher Nichols
February 4, 2018

However, many football fans appear to have little sympathy for Pep Guardiola's team, as City are one of the richest clubs in the world, they're 15 points clear at the top of the table, and injuries are a problem for all sides at this stage of the season.

Jose Mourinho told reporters on Friday that United and the rest are now playing for second place but Guardiola remains convinced there are enough obstacles ahead to not take anything for granted, starting with Saturday's early kick-off at Burnley.

"Then we must try to start next season in a good way, like we did this season, but try to be consistent and try not to lose points like we did this season in some matches where we shouldn't". "We want to finish second".

A week after City had brushed Stoke aside 7-2 and four days after they'd beaten a strong Napoli side in the UEFA Champions League, Burnley frustrated City in a closer encounter than the score-line suggested back in October.

"We are better than last season in every aspect - points, position, number of goals scored, conceded - so we have to try to stay there".

"We are trying to win something this season, and if not, we will try to be stronger for next season".

United still have some challenging fixtures to come, with Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City all still to play.

But a damaging defeat at Tottenham Hotspur has left him declaring that United's fight for second begins when struggling Huddersfield Town visit Old Trafford today.

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"We need to try to learn from that experience so we can make the most of our strengths and get the three points".

City had dominated possession throughout most of the game, which they strolled through for large spells, but after taking the lead with a lovely strike from Brazilian Danilo in the 22nd minute, they failed to press home their advantage.

'Forget the second team - even if they played yesterday still bring one on the bench - the youth team are there.

Mourinho confirmed Marouane Fellaini faces another spell out injured but couldn't specify a time span.

"Hopefully he can help us until the end of the season because I think we need him".

Record signing Aymeric Laporte was added to the 21-man list along with youngster Oleksandr Zinchenko, who has deputised effectively for Mendy and fellow knee injury absentee Fabian Delph at left-back over recent weeks.

A 2-0 win for the Citizens is the most popular result in the betting market, and we are backing the same outcome as our prediction.

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