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​Guardiola bemoans Man City players lack of fitness due to World Cup

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City's players are still not fit ahead of facing Wolves, their third Premier League game of the season due to the effects of a shortened pre-season because of the World Cup in Russia.

"The problem is that now - while we are not far away - we are still not fit," said Guardiola.

"We see how much the players spend for regeneration after the game. Normally it's quicker - one or two days - now they need more time.

"It's because we didn't make a pre-season. When we arrive, immediately after three-four days we played the Community Shield and Arsenal.

"Some players need much more time to win power, strength. The players complain about muscular problems - that's why Claudio got out, Kevin. This week Fernandinho had problems with regeneration after the game.

"But it's normal, we demand a lot and still we are not in the best condition. Hopefully after the international break the team can be better and better."

Ian Ferris
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