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Guardiola on De Bruyne, Haaland and the need to 'be ready'

Pep Guardiola has been speaking to the media before Manchester City take on Everton on Saturday.

Here is what the manager has had to say:

  • The fitness of John Stones will be assessed after City's training session on Friday.

  • Guardiola was humble on City's fine recent form, adding: "When the results were not good I said that our level was more than decent. Tomorrow, 1230, be ready."

  • In facing the Toffees, he warned: "Since I arrived Everton always took results here. I don’t know why. Maybe because they are good. So we have to be ready."

  • Guardiola has not been beaten by a side managed by Sean Dyche but he stressed he has "huge respect" for the Everton boss and how he approaches the game with the players "at his disposal".

  • The manager was asked how he feels about Everton's 10-point deduction while over 100 charges for breaching financial rules hang over City without punishment to date and he said: "I know my opinion about that. I spoke many times. I don’t have anything else to add."

  • On Monday's hat-trick hero Phil Foden, Guardiola responded to a question on whether the England international can get better, stating: "If you want him to he will, that’s life. Think he will do it. He’s the right form. Just so young, always playing."

  • On the combination of the returning Erling Haaland and Kevin de Bruyne, Guardiola said: "It’s simple. They are players that win games by themselves. When one player scores 60 goals, it helps you to win games. Then you have another player who makes a thousand million assists."

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