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Guardiola on injuries, Villa and run-in experience 'not counting'

Manager Pep Guardiola has been speaking to the media before Manchester City host Aston Villa in the Premier League on Wednesday (20:15 BST kick-off).

Here are the key points from his news conference:

  • Goalkeeper Ederson and right-back Kyle Walker remain out having missed Sunday's 0-0 draw with Arsenal. Nathan Ake, who went off against the Gunners, will also not be available on Wednesday, while fellow defender John Stones is a "maybe".

  • Ake's injury is not "season ending" but Guardiola is unsure when the Dutchman will be back.

  • Guardiola praised the work of Villa counterpart Unai Emery, describing them as "consistent" and "quality".

  • Asked if the reverse fixture at Villa Park in December - which City lost 1-0 - was their toughest of the season, Guardiola replied: "Yeah - [they are] the only team we deserved yes, yes, yes to lose the game to."

  • The City boss said past experience will not help his side over the line in their quest to win the final nine Premier League games of the season: "You've asked this question many times. The experience is over - it doesn't count. Now it's Villa. When we were able to win a lot of games in a row, we were not thinking about how many we were able to do."

  • Guardiola also responded sarcastically when asked about the Netflix documentary that was released on Tuesday. "I'm the famous person of the team. I need the cameras for my ego", he joked. "Always I try to criticise the players there and let them feel how bad they are - especially when Erling scores three goals, it has to be about me."

Follow all of Tuesday's Premier League news conferences