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I want Manchester City to stay busy: Pep Guardiola


Battle: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is relishing title run-in
Battle: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is relishing title run-in

By Andy Hampson

Pep Guardiola is happy for the "dream" of a warm-weather training camp to wait as Manchester City pursue glory on four fronts.

City have taken advantage of mid-season gaps in the fixture schedule in previous years to travel to Abu Dhabi.

Rivals Manchester United have spent the past week in Dubai but City could not head abroad because they were involved in the Carabao Cup semi-finals.

With one Premier League game already needing to be rearranged, and title-chasing City also continuing in the FA Cup and Champions League, it may not happen this year.

"It would be a dream," City boss Guardiola said. "Last season this period was quite similar but after Wigan beat us in the FA Cup we took time to go there.

"But this morning I saw the schedule. The Everton game is going to be fixed in another week. We don't have many (gaps). We will see but hopefully not because that would mean (we) will continue in the FA Cup and especially the Champions League. If we don't, we will have this time in the summer."

City are firmly back in the title race after beating Liverpool to cut the Reds' lead at the top of the table to four points in their crunch clash last week.

"I prefer to be in Liverpool's position," said Guardiola, whose side host Wolves in the league on Monday night.

City will hope to have Sergio Aguero back to face Wolves after a bout of illness but Gabriel Jesus excelled in his place in Wednesday's 9-0 thrashing of Burton, scoring four times.

The 21-year-old put his renewed confidence down to having his family over from Brazil but they are due to return home.

Guardiola said: "He has an incredible relationship with the Brazilian guys (players). It won't be a problem."

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