Man City to have 'internal meetings' about January Sanchez move - Pep

Runaway league leaders Manchester City face Watford at home today having seen Crystal Palace end their 18-match winning run with a goalless draw on Sunday. "They have to protect them and play with quality and not quantity", the Spaniard said.

During the 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace, the City manager saw Gabriel Jesus sustain a leg injury that could rule out the striker for up to two months and then star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne get carried off on a stretcher.

'They make a lot of anti-doping to control us (but) we don't protect the players.

"I am really impressed because after more than two months injured and (having had) one game at worldwide against Gibraltar and to play at that level shows how strong he is in his mind", said Guardiola.

"I have said many times we are going to lose games". “Putting aside what he spends for players, at Bayern all you hear about is players saying how much that he [Guardiola] improved them.

"First of all I'll try to finish the season as best as possible, and hopefully that's with a trophy, because the idea at City is always to finish the season with something in our hands", he said.

Llorente had not found the net in the league since leaving Swansea - where he scored 15 last season - in the summer, but he found the breakthrough with a header following Christian Eriksen's free kick.

"Of course, space the [games] out".

They were able to do so against a Watford side who have now only won one of their last nine, and though they sit midtable, are on one of the worst runs of form in the Premier League.

"The people who understand about that, they say it is impossible to recover 48 hours after a game".

'I'm not saying change the wonderful thing on Boxing Day but you can not play at midday at Selhurst Park and then come back two days later'. Just see how many muscular injuries there are.

Both players were stretchered off the pitch but Owen was laughing about it on live TV.

City manager Pep Guardiola appears content for him to stay as long as he wants given what he said in December.

"Eighteen wins in a row, that is not normal, unreal", Guardiola said. The referee gives this with two minutes to go and I asked him why he changed his opinion to give a penalty. "We are very happy David is back, we don't know how long but he made another exhibition - he's essential, he showed how important he is for us".

  • Angelo Rivera