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Guardiola expecting ‘tough’ test for Man City against Hoffenheim

Pep Guardiola has said that he is expecting his side will have a tough encounter in their final Champions League group game this evening.

City have already qualified for the last 16, but still need a point at the Etihad in order to claim top spot in Group F ahead of Lyon.

However, speaking ahead of tonight’s game, Guardiola has revealed that his squad is down to the bare bones, with only 15 first team regulars available for selection, with David Silva the latest to pick up an injury.

“We have 15 players available, so I can’t do it too much,” Guardiola said at his pre-match presser.

“We have 15 players tomorrow it’s a really tough game. We are in next stage which is important but we have to try and win every game, to finish first.

“Last-16 is always tough but in general the next Monday when there is a draw it’s a success we are there and the team we will face will be tough.

“They were incredible against Donetsk and they lost. It was incredible and fascinating to watch as a spectator.

“My admiration for Hoffenheim has increased. I knew about Julian Nagelsmann and his team but now I realise how tough tomorrow will be.”

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