Ake’s return brings Man City to full energy earlier than derby day

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has a completely match squad out there for the primary time this season as he prepares for it Sunday’s derby against Manchester United.

The return of defender Nathan Ake after a muscular problem this week signifies that Premier League leaders now not have players within the remedy room.

It is a enhance for City pursuing quadruple as they appear to increase their 14-point benefit over United in second place within the match at Etihad Stadium.

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City chief Guardiola said: “Excellent news for us, Nathan is back. He did a part of the coaching session and it felt really good.

“Everybody is completely match and that’s necessary for the subsequent few weeks earlier than the international break, and I hope the folks come back well after that.”

The match is necessary within the context of the title race and Guardiola expects it to be a troublesome encounter.

Talking at his pre-match press conference, Guardiola said: “This sport is necessary – just like the earlier one, the earlier one and the subsequent one will probably be.

“Focus on one at a time, not on what number of points we have now however understand how troublesome United is.

“We have skilled that in latest years and I’ve a sense that every year they’re a greater team than the earlier season.

“They’re a top quality team and for greater than a year they have not lost away, and they’ve had good outcomes at Etihad Stadium.

“However on the identical time we all know the chance we have now to extend the distance.

“We talked in coaching about what we have now to do to beat them on the pitch and the way in which we wish to play.”


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