Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva's outstanding form in wide attacking positions has not helped Mahrez's cause but Guardiola maintains he has no doubts over his quality and expects him to remain at the club for the foreseeable future.
"We have to be prepared for their aggressiveness", he began explaining, before denouncing the alleged harsh play of his club's neighbour and rival this Thursday: "They will kick at the ankles and heels".
"Wins are hard in the Premier League, but we'll get back into our routine and if everyone does the right thing and this team prepares well we always have a big chance to produce a good performance".
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The decision, announced on Monday by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo , is created to completely close the spigot on Iranian oil. Radhi added that Iraq may be a subject to additional US sanctions for its financial dealings with Iran in gas and electricity.
"In the league, nothing is played out yet", he told Sky Sports. We can lose games, but with a good performance and pride.
"It's true that we've done better than them over the last three years but it is about winning titles, not beating United". He came off injured in the second half though, and that's an injury to keep an eye on.
"They're bright. We prepare for their strong points and weak points".
"It's significant because it's a derby".
The 28-year-old has started just 13 Premier League games this season, and is believed to have been left frustrated by his lack of game time during a crucial stage of the season. They'll then travel to Leicester before closing out the 2018-19 campaign away to a Brighton team that could well be fighting for their top-flight lives. "The first half we had problems but in the end we did it well". "What's important is this game, I've always said it's more than just a game".