"They will always be a small club compared to their neighbours Manchester United and compared to Liverpool, with the latter two having decades of success that have allowed them to become sporting giants on the world stage". They maybe didn't start well, but I think they are five or six games in a row winning.
City's scheduling problems, and the League Cup Final meeting with Chelsea, have seen them bring a league fixture with Everton forward to a week on Wednesday (February 6), a game which could allow Guardiola to cut Liverpool's advantage at the top.
But the champions fear that having to play three hard league games in the space of eight days could hand Liverpool an advantage in the title race.
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It adds a fascinating angle to what is shaping up to be a memorable title race between the two north-west giants although there is no doubt Liverpool's players have the advantage in terms of rest and recovery.
Dyche, who made it to the semi-finals of the Cup in Chesterfield's unlikely run in 1997, said he still has a strong affinity to the competition but the realities of the modern game means it has to come second with Burnley three points off the drop zone. We have a lot of games here, so no way, says Guardiola. "We control their counter-attacks better and we concede few set pieces and we attack more fluently". The Belgium playmaker wants to play as often as possible to improve his match sharpness and he appears to be getting back to his best.
"If you analyse the way they can play, they have three or four of the fastest players in the Premier League", Benitez said. Friendly game, win again, play good, prepare well.
Benitez is under no illusions about the scale of the challenge facing his Newcastle side, who are 17th in the Premier League and were knocked out of the FA Cup at home to Watford on Saturday.
"We need to let them feel that we are there".