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What is “the best compliment” for Man City? Pep has an idea

Manchester City Training Session

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City gives his team instructions during a Manchester City training session at Manchester City Football Academy on November 26, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says his side has plenty of energy as a busy fixture list gets even more grueling, and that the good-looking football will continue for his men.

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Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League rematch with Lyon -- City can clinch its spot in the next round in a number of ways -- Guardiola says the team will focus on playing its game and let the long-term take care of itself.

And he knows there are plenty of people who would love to see it blow up in their faces. From the Manchester Evening News:

“For the people who don’t love us too much, who use money as an argument, then we have failed if we don’t win the Champions League.

“For the others, especially our fans who say they enjoy watching our games and enjoy what we are doing, I’m pretty sure they won’t have regrets about what these guys have been doing every three days for the last 15 months.

“That is the best compliment, the best success the team can have. But of course we want to qualify, continue our level in the Premier League and arrive in the best possible condition with everybody fit to challenge again to go quite far.”

Lyon is the only team to beat City this season, triumphing 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium in September, and Guardiola’s men have only dropped points once since that loss (The 0-0 draw at Liverpool).

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