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Man City boss Guardiola confident keeping squad fresh for packed schedule

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is confident keeping his players fresh as they enter a busy December.

The 3-1 win over Bournemouth was City's third game in eight days at the start of a run that will see Guardiola's side play 13 games in 44 days up until FA Cup third round weekend.

Asked how he was going to keep the players fresh for the stretch of games coming up, Guardiola said: "Sleep a lot.

"Eat good. Drink a lot in a good way, no wine, and prepare.

"Tell them what's going to happen on Tuesday at Watford. Try to win the game, everybody push everybody and that's all."

A year ago Guardiola said the schedule over Christmas in English football was 'going to kill the players', but he was more taciturn after the win against Bournemouth, insisting the situation was the same for City's rivals.

"What it is is what it is. Adapt. We have a deep squad, some players in second team, we are going to play 11 and everybody has to do their best," he said.

"We play nine games, but many of our contenders and opponents do too. It's not because we play more than the other ones. It's the same, so why should we complain? Play every day, try to be there and play the game."

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