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Pep Guardiola takes swipe at Gary Neville over Manchester City squad selection

Guardiola takes swipe at Gary Neville
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says that he intends to name a full complement of subs against Leicester City to please Manchester United legend Gary Neville.

Pep Guardiola has joked that Manchester United legend Gary Neville "can be happy" as he intends to name a full complement of players for Manchester City's meeting with Leicester City.

The Catalan coach came in for criticism last weekend when selecting just six substitutes for the 1-1 draw with Burnley, citing injury problems as the key reason why.

Neville was among those to question Guardiola's decision, branding it a "joke" to overlook a youngster for a place on the bench, but the City manager will select a full 18-man squad to face Leicester at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Guardiola said: "We have 18 players tomorrow so Gary Neville can be happy!"

Asked about what he is expecting from the Foxes, the former Barcelona boss added: "They have the fundamentals they have from a long time ago that helped them to be champions in the Premier League. But [Claude Puel] introduced something else.

"They play more between each other, they have more and more passes. They are a strong team. We cannot forget it was not a century ago but two seasons ago when they were champions. Still, they remain - except for two or three players - the same.

"They are so dangerous with [Jamie] Vardy, [Marc] Albrighton, [Riyad] Mahrez if he plays, with [Shinji] Okazaki. We know Kelechi [Iheanacho] in the box is so, so dangerous. They have a lot of arguments to make problems."

Phil Foden and John Stones will return to Man City's squad, but David Silva, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus all remain absent.

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