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Guardiola: Bournemouth will be tough after Champions League exertions

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola feels that their fixture with Bournemouth on Saturday will be a stern test for his side after their gruelling 2-2 draw with Lyon in France last Tuesday night.

The Citizens kept their place at the top of Champions League Group F thanks to that result but Guardiola feels there may be a few tired legs when they return to Premier League action.

“It was a really tough game, the Champions League always is and after this game, we have another in three days at Watford,” Guardiola told his pre-match press conference.

Luckily for Guardiola, City have fantastic squad-depth at their disposal and the former Barcelona boss alluded to the possibility of a lot of rotation within his starting eleven.

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“That’s a tough experience. everyone deserves to play and will play.”

Guardiola is having to deal with a few injuries to first-teamers in recent months and their current injury-list consists of names such as Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Benjamin Mendy, Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan.

Man City have won all four encounters with Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth under Guardiola’s leadership.

They are currently on a five-game winning streak in the Premier League since drawing 0-0 at Anfield in early October.

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