Manchester City in fitness race ahead of Stoke City trip

When can Man City win the Premier League? It could be embarrassing for Manchester United

When can Man City win the Premier League? It could be embarrassing for Manchester United

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been fined £20,000 by the English Football Association (FA) on Friday for wearing a yellow ribbon in support of jailed pro-independence politicians in his native Catalonia.

City, with the League Cup already in the bag, are virtually certain to win the Premier League title and are among the favourites to lift the Champions League for the first time in their history.

Asked of his side's injury situation, he replied: "Some of them are better".

However, the German, who reached the Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund in 2013, also stressed City can't get ahead of themselves with tougher tests to come from the quarter-finals on.

Guardiola has continually sported the ribbon in City's Premier League matches as well as games in domestic and European cup competitions.

'I know everyone wants to anticipate the situation, everyone is thinking about when we will win the title.

"If you don't play good at Manchester City. the people are not going to say that because we don't have (a) legacy".

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Elyounoussi was instrumental in helping Basel qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League by finishing runners-up to Manchester United in Group A and he impressed in both meetings against Manchester City in the round of 16. "Like everybody knows, hopefully sooner or later I can stop wearing it (the ribbon)".

Guardiola's side visit struggling Stoke City on Monday as they seek to mount an immediate response to Wednesday's surprise, albeit inconsequential, Champions League loss to Basel.

"Just be relaxed, be calm and focus on Stoke".

City have nearly three weeks without a game after their trip to Stoke, with Guardiola planning to take his players on a short training break to Abu Dhabi.

"The boy is ready to make the next step in his career and I have a lot of meetings planned with clubs so we will see what happens". "We did it last season and we will prepare for the last two months of the season".

The City manager's deal runs out at the end of next season and he has repeatedly refused to discuss in public whether he will extend it.

Recent reports in Spain claimed Guardiola's agent, Josep Maria Orobitg, had flown to Manchester to complete the negotiations.

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