Aymeric Laporte will return to Manchester City & # 39; in two months & # 39

Manchester City defender John Stones is refusing to give up on his Premier League title dream

"We had 26 shots, not all on target, at Newcastle".

Raheem Sterling's early goal was cancelled out by Jetro Willems' strike just three minutes later. They shot twice and scored.

Summer signing Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan have been chosen over three-time Premier League victor Fernandinho in midfield by the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss. "[We have to] try to be.the chances that we have and the few we concede, to be more solid in these departments and we will improve".

Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte expects to return to action in the next two months.

"Right now yes", said Guardiola.

Asked why Guardiola has not picked Stones and Otamendi together since the 3-2 league defeat against Norwich in September, he replied: "Because I like Fernandinho in that position". That is why he plays.

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

Despite a significant hap having opened between the club and the top of the division, Laporte is adamant Man City can recover the deficit as they look to win a third consecutive league title, citing Liverpool's similar advantage at the same stage last season.

The Argentine striker will miss Tuesday's clash and also Saturday's visit of neighbours Manchester United, Guardiola confirmed at his pre-match press conference on Monday.

"He is not ready for the derby but after the derby we will see", Guardiola said.

MANCHESTER, Dec 2 ― Despite a run of just one win in five games Manchester City are not low on confidence and it is important to analyse performances not just results, says manager Pep Guardiola.

"We knew it when we played them in the last game of the last season and they continue doing really well". "That is the fact".

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Yet Guardiola is determined to fight on and recognises the importance of claiming victory against a tough Burnley side.

"I think it's typical for this league, through the whole history, that there are many, many teams involved [in the title race]", said Guardiola.