‘We’re not playing anyone from the academy’: Pep Guardiola will unleash Manchester City’s stars for FA Cup fourth-round clash against Burnley
- Pep Guardiola is desperate to remain in all four competitions this season
- Manchester City boss wants to make reaching major finals a habit
- Big hitters set to return after much-changed side at Burton in midweek
Pep Guardiola will unleash Manchester City’s big hitters this weekend and branded talk of the Quadruple as ‘fantasy’.
City face Burnley in the FA Cup on Saturday, with Guardiola desperate to remain in all four competitions as he guns to make reaching finals a habit.
The Catalan revealed no academy players will be named in his starting XI for the fourth-round clash, with a number of stars set to return after a much-changed side for the midweek win at Burton.
Pep Guardiola will unleash Manchester City’s big hitters in the FA Cup this weekend
Nicolas Otamendi arrives at Manchester City’s training ground ahead of the Burnley game
Sergio Aguero is another of Guardiola’s big-hitters that may well get an FA Cup run-out
Kyle Walker drives his Mercedes through the Manchester rain to training on Friday
‘We want to win tomorrow,’ Guardiola said. ‘That’s the only thing I can assure you of. The other stuff is fantasy. Tomorrow we’re not playing anyone from the academy.
‘Always we believe in what we’ve done and what we do, always we believe, we don’t need good results, they help – I cannot deny that – but we believe in what we are trying to do.’
Ian Carlo Poveda, Eric Garcia and Felix Nmecha were all handed minutes in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg on Wednesday.
But the likes of Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Leroy Sane appear set for returns in a competition Guardiola has his eyes on.
Kevin De Bruyne was one of only a few regulars to start in the midweek win over Burton
Leroy Sane is set to return after being left out of the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg
Burnley remain focused on securing Premier League survival but Guardiola does not think an altered Sean Dyche side will throw in the towel.
‘The FA Cup is not at the top of their agenda but it doesn’t mean the 11 players don’t want to win,’ he added.
‘They’ll try to go through. What they did last season was incredible for them and of course they started not well. They have been winning
Guardiola is desperate to remain in all four competitions and making reaching finals a habit