Guardiola: Burnley deserves respect

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 06: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City in the dug out prior to the FA Cup Third Round match between Manchester City and Rotherham United at Etihad Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Manchester City’s boss Pep Guardiola claims Burnley FC are no pushovers as he intends to show them utmost respect when they trade tackles in the FA Cup Fourth Round.

The last time the Clarets were drawn against Man City in the Third Round clash last season, Guardiola’s men emerged 4-1 winners at the Etihad Stadium.

While Burnley has been a shadow of themselves compared to their last season form but has managed to rediscover a turn in fortunes, Guardiola’s men have been blazing teams since the turn of the year.

However, the former Barca boss is keen on fielding a strong side for the all-Premier League tie after admitting they would be fully focused on staging an upset.

Quizzed by journalists at his pre-match press conference, the Blues boss replied: “When you say that the FA Cup is not top of Burnley’s agenda, does that mean 11 players are going to play at the Etihad Stadium and not want to win? I can’t believe it.

“They are going to try to play the way they did last season. They finished seventh in the league, which is an incredible achievement.

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“They did not start well but I think they have gone five games unbeaten. I have a lot of respect for what they have done and what they try to do.”

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