Pep Guardiola urges Man City stars to take Champions League chance as ban worry dismissed

“What’s important is they are fit, but we cannot say one or two games you don’t play and then come back. Sometimes the players who play regularly are in better condition to play important games. It’s important to keep momentum and rhythm in the way we play.”

He added: “I hope nobody gets injured but we cannot control it, but maybe it happens.”

Guardiola challenged his squad to maintain high levels between now and their Cup dates against Arsenal at Wembley on July 18 and against Madrid at home on August 7.

“The first target was to qualify for the Champions League and though we lost two games (against Chelsea and Southampton) we are doing a good performance,” Guardiola said. “We are so strong in the games at home but you have to win games.”

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