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Manchester City v Burton Albion: Carabao Cup semi-final preview

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Guardiola added that he wasn't disappointed to lose Diaz or Jadon Sancho.

Diaz's departure did not come as a disappointment to Guardiola, who claims City did all they could to persuade the player to stay.

The Spain under-21 global was part of Guardiola's first team squad, despite not playing any minutes in the Premier League or Champions League, but the City boss has no plans to sign a replacement.

"Not just in England, in any league in the world. The players, their family, their agent; they decide what is best for them".

"It is essential to have a strong squad to compete on all fronts, because without quality you can not win one, never mind four". What we have to do is, the people we believe have a chance to go there, to do everything, in training with us and be with us, and trust with them.

'One-against-one, absolutely we're better when Vincent plays.

When he was an academy player at Malaga, Brahim Diaz was a ball-boy for first-team games when Isco was running the show. If you want to go, the openings will be there.

Foden is set to start the Burton clash with Guardiola having virtually a full squad to choose from.

City left back Benjamin Mendy is ready to return from a knee injury before the end of the month, while City are in discussions over a new contract with centre half Vincent Kompany.

Meanwhile, Guardiola refused to be drawn on Liverpool's exit from the FA Cup with the Premier League leaders fielding a weakened team.

"I never did (allow the grass to grow)". We want to cut the field all the time for 10 years, so it's better conditions for both teams. "Sometimes I'm really unfair with many, many players and when I made a decision to play him against Southampton he did really well and that's why he played against Liverpool".

"I never speak with the groundsmen.how many issues do I have in my head to think about the pitch?"

Goal line technology is also being used, a week after the Gills had a goal ruled out against Southend United which they felt had crossed the line. I've never made a phone call to one to say do this kind of thing to damage our opponents'.

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