The Chilean knows the pressure is off Saints ahead of the lunchtime kick off at The Etihad.
"Yes, of course," he said. "They are a very good team.
"They are playing without pressure, they are in a comfortable situation in the table.
"They cannot arrive in Europe, they cannot be relegated, they have very good players and a very good manager.
"We are absolutely sure we are going to have a tough game on Saturday."
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