Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola coy on new contract talks

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"Sometimes in Barcelona, I remember when we played on Monday, a long time ago, always it was not good".

Guardiola has dismissed reports that his agent was in Manchester during the week to discuss contracts.

However, Guardiola had won every other match he had faced on a Monday as a coach before this season, including a 5-0 El Clasico victory over Real Madrid in 2010, when he was in charge at Barcelona.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been fined £20,000 and warned about his future conduct by the Football Association for wearing a yellow ribbon in support of imprisoned pro-independence Catalan politicians.

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However, Guardiola, who won the Champions League twice in a glorious four-year spell at Barcelona, believes the experience of the two Spanish giants in Europe's premier club competition gives them an upper hand.

Catalonia-born Guardiola has not apologised but said he will stop wearing the ribbon during games in order to observe - rather than respect - the rules. "The distance [we are ahead] is not normal in the beginning of March; it's nearly done but we are not the champions", he said.

"But we are not the champions".

'What happens in the (Champions League) quarter-finals depends on our level in the Premier League. We have to get the points as soon as possible, knowing that we have the opportunity.

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"I know everyone wants to anticipate the situations, when we will win the title".

"Maybe it was because we had less pressure, that we had nothing to lose", suggested Elyounoussi.

City sources stress that they have been advised to limit the away end to 2,800 - just as their safety advisory group recommended for the Champions League tie against Feyenoord in November.

Guardiola's side visit struggling Stoke City on Monday as they seek to mount an immediate response to Wednesday's surprise, albeit inconsequential, Champions League loss to Basel. City thrashed the Potters 7-2 when they met earlier in the campaign but Guardiola is not thrilled about the prospect of a trip to the bet365 Stadium on a Monday night.

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"You have to speak with the journalist about if my agent is here or not, they know this information, the journalist has more information than me".