Pep Guardiola not a fan of Manchester City Monday night matches

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"Obviously we won't have much of the ball, but when we do, we have to be ruthless with it and try to hurt them, and take them out of their comfort zone".

"When we face teams when they fight to stay in the Premier League you can't imagine how complicated it is".

16 points clear atop the table - can move another step closer to the title when they visit lowly Stoke, who are a point adrift of safety.

"Just to pass to pass for itself is nothing, so the second half was really, really poor". "But we're going to work on that these two days". Nobody thought we could lose against Basel and we lost against Basel. "He has to grow up and be stronger, but the huge quality is there".

"It is more important what happens in the team than what is, in this case, my personal opinion, of course", he said.

While four of the knockout ties have now been decided, four remain in the balance.

"I think the situation this season is exceptional".

Writing in today's Guardian, Cuixart thanked Guardiola for his continued support of the cause.

"They are strong, lots of set-pieces, it's always a tough game", he said.

"The solution is that the state and Catalonia should agree and we can have an agreed referendum".

Prior to that, however, Guardiola teams actually have good records on Mondays.

DF Danilo, 6 - Opened with a hospital pass inside to Oleksandr Zinchenko and left a space between himself and the Ukrainian as wide as the ship canal for the first goal.

Guardiola's deposition pointed out that he had the ribbon covered before half-time and it only became visible accidentally during the second half. "It's a big game and always we are delighted to watch it".

The City boss has also been warned as to his future conduct by the governing body after accepting a charge of "wearing a political message".

"From tomorrow we will be happy to be in the quarter-finals for the second time at this club", he said in his post-match press conference.

"And we will see our chairman and be there".

The Paris Saint-Germain forward fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in a 3-0 Ligue 1 win over Marseille at the end of last month, leaving him in a race to reach peak fitness ahead of the Selecao's FIFA World Cup campaign in Russia.