Man City cruises to rout of Rotherham

"They have gone their separate ways and everyone has their own plan in what they want to do, so fair play to them".

"And after, maybe the managers in the Premier League will have more courage to put them [in the team]".

"Winning is important, we can not deny it", said Guardiola.

"I never speak with the many issues do I have in my head to think about the pitch?"

"They don't compete really and that's why sometimes it's hard to put them [in the team]... that's why they train with us, sometimes they play in the cup, sometimes go on loan, to see how they develop in that position".

Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden celebrates scoring their second goal during the FA Cup third round win over Rotherham. I trust the groundsmen.

The League Cup was the first trophy Guardiola lifted in England but he admitted it is low in his priorities. "I never made a phone call to say 'do this to damager our opponents".

"We have to carry on, now he is back and he is now fresh in mind and legs".

"Subject to a satisfactory test against Gillingham, Burton Albion and Chelsea will both feature VAR at their Carabao Cup Semi-Final home fixture, alongside the Final at Wembley on Sunday 24 February".

Those priorities are likely to be reflected in a much-changed City side, with Aro Muric expected to start in goal and Phil Foden likely to be handed another opportunity in midfield. We try to be a team and of course so far we have done incredible in terms of results.

The Belgium global has been with the Club since 2008 and has made 348 appearances to date and is City's most successful captain of all time.

Asked if he was disappointed to lose Diaz, Guardiola said on Tuesday: "No".

Guardiola also made reference to youngster Brahim Diaz who has joined Real Madrid having become frustrated with the lack of first-team chances at City. Hopefully, in the last part of the season he is able to help us because we need him. When this happens and teams like Madrid and important teams in Europe want our players it is because they are working really well.

  • Stacy Allen