Guardiola: Man City are not low on confidence

Manchester City defender John Stones is refusing to give up on his Premier League title dream

Manchester City defender John Stones is refusing to give up on his Premier League title dream

Guardiola says it is pointless for his team to worry about the gap at the top of the table, placing a focus on taking each game as it comes in order to stay in the title picture for as long as possible.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has insisted he does not believe a lack of confidence is hampering his side's progress this season, following another disappointing result against Newcastle.

City boss Guardiola concedes pairing Stones with Nicolas Otamendi is not a combination he likes.

The Brazilian has been playing as a centre-back in recent months.

In that time City have slipped to 11 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, as Laporte's absence has left a huge hole in the heart of their defense. Guardiola added, when pressed by a reporter about whether he was happy with the 34-year-old Fernandinho.

"We are not good enough", he said.

As well as speaking about Burnley, Guardiola gave an update on Sergio Aguero in his latest presser.

"He is not ready for the derby but after the derby we will see", Guardiola said.

City had 10 points drifting from Liverpool last season before they successfully chased them to win their third consecutive title and Laporte remains convinced that they can do this again, something that Guardiola agrees with.

However, facing Burnley at Turf Moor should prove a tough test for most sides in the English top-flight.

"Last year was quite similar when [Liverpool] had a similar lead but we still have time this year to recover, to catch them and to again try to win the Premier League, so we hope we can do that". That is the fact.

"We can't think too much about the people in front".

"We try to have the chances that we have and concede few, to be more solid in this department and improve".

He said: "We need to look at our game and see what we did wrong".

"It is always hard for all teams (at Burnley)".

"We knew it when we played them in the last game of the last season and they continue doing really well".

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