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Pep Guardiola says Manchester City are entering a critical 10-day period as they approach a second Premier League title in three seasons.

City are undefeated in their last 27 games in all competitions and will look to extend their winning record to 21 games when they host Wolves on Tuesday.

More home games follow against Manchester United and Southampton ahead of a trip to Fulham on March 13, a series that Guardiola hopes will solidify their title hopes.

“We don’t want to stop,” said the city boss, when asked about his winning streak.

“We know how important these 10 days are with Wolves, United and Southampton (at home) before we go to Fulham.

“If we are able to do what we want, it will be an incredible step.”

City’s winning run is a record for a top English side, but Guardiola says they can’t capitalize on that statistic just yet.

He said: “We don’t have time. There are a lot of games, every three days. We have to rest and think of another.

“On game day all the managers say when you win you’re happy that night. But the next day you think about the next.”








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West Ham manager David Moyes described City as the best team in Europe this weekend, but Guardiola says the proof will only come if they win trophies.

“The best team in Europe in the world is Bayern Munich because they won everything,” he said. “In England the champions are Liverpool, so they are the best.

“You have to win. In February or March, no one is a champion.”



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Guardiola isn’t taking anything for granted until Wolves visit the Etihad Stadium after losing to them twice last season.

“The story against them shows us how difficult it is,” Guardiola said. “We know that. We know exactly what kind of game we need to play.

“We have to be so intense but, at the same time, calm. They have the capacity to punish you. In the past two years, it was so difficult.”

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City have nearly a fully fit squad available with no further injury concerns following Saturday’s win over West Ham.

Guardiola said: “Apart from Nathan (Ake) everyone is fine.”

Guardiola faces Aguero’s dilemma

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Sergio Aguero made his first Premier League start in four months against West Ham

Guardiola admits he has a dilemma over his selection for Manchester City following Sergio Aguero’s return from long-term injury.

Guardiola is confident that the club’s top scorer will return to his best with games and time, and he will be patient with him after a season ravaged by injury and disease.

But the City boss admits he can’t choose sides based on sentiment and must give preference to fit players as Premier League leaders pursue glory on four fronts.

“We want to help him but at the same time Raheem (Sterling), Phil (Foden) and Bernardo (Silva) haven’t played. I’m trying to get everyone involved and a part of it,” Guardiola said.

“Some players deserved to play but didn’t. That’s why it’s hard for all managers when you have a team.

“You have to be patient and make the most of the good times. Successful players are more likely to play than others.

“Sergio has been injured for a year. It’s a long time. He played two or three games, then got injured again and was eliminated.

“I still think we need him in this part of the season, in the good times, because he has a special talent and quality. He will help us.

“But we haven’t denied that he needs time. The good thing is he’s played 50-60 minutes and it’s good for his legs. He needs to keep training well and be positive. “





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