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Man City manager Guardiola defends Fernandinho decision

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has defended his decision to stick with Fernandinho at centre-back.

Guardiola has decided to continue with Fernandinho despite being able to pair natural centre-backs John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi.

Asked why, Guardiola replied: "Because I like Dino [Fernandinho] in that position.

"Right now, that's why he plays."

And Guardiola shot down the prospects of Fernandinho returning to his favoured midfield position.

He added: "Have you seen the games?

"I prefer Gundogan and Rodri in this position [midfield]."

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