Manchester City vs. Everton, 2017 Premier League

But Guardiola insisted the player would be available for Monday's clash with Everton

The Spaniard enjoyed terrific success at Barcelona and Bayern Munich but finished his first season in England without silverware.

"Hopefully they will understand that at the big clubs you can not have just 11 players, so they have to compete with each other".

Mendy tweeted "bullet header" after Lewis Dunk scored an own goal in City's season-opening defeat of Brighton last weekend. Our game at home was one of the best performances we played but we were not able to win. Raheem Sterling could also replace either Sergio Agüero or Gabriel Jesus up front, though that's very unlikely.

Last season, it took a heroic performance from Maarten Stekelenburg and a vintage Romelu Lukaku goal to secure the Blues a point in Manchester.

The Blues are in high spirits after winning their opening Premier League fixture against Stoke City and then rolling that into a first leg win against Hajduk Split in the Europa League play-off round but face a hard week of fixtures.

With the competition for starting spots heating up, Guardiola said every player must fight for their place but also underlined the importance of the substitutes. And when we lose one game, we are not definitely favourites. "It's really a pleasure to see his teams playing football".

That suggests he still wants another quality addition up top while a rather unexpected - but understandable - pursuit of West Brom centre-half Jonny Evans hints he is not entirely happy either in terms of depth at the back despite some significant summer strengthening. We are going to see how the market finishes. I felt that period in Munich and know I can handle it. Everything will be quicker, less speculation.

"He has to respect the social media in what is happening with the club and the opponent, but I think the guys in squad they are so, so good - good people and nice people".

"All the managers would work a lot sooner, quicker - not waiting for the deadline, the last moment, the last second".

Ronald Koeman has claimed that Manchester City are stronger than they were last season, but believes that Everton can nonetheless exploit their defensive setup.

Manchester City played a friendly against Girona on Tuesday where pretty much all of Pep Guardiola's fringe players were given a chance.

He said: "I think the academy players, the big ones and important ones, are here (in the squad) - Phil Foden, Brahim (Diaz), Tosin (Adarabioyo)".

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