Guardiola: Chelsea are best Premier League team

The Catalan has frequently deploying the former Shakhtar man as the deep-lying play-maker in front of the back four but gave him more attacking freedom alongside the conservative Fernando in City's 2-1 win at Turf Moor.

The Ivorian midfielder had appeared destined for a January exit but made a sensational return to the starting line-up in the win over Crystal Palace, scoring both goals in City's 2-1 success, and kept his place in the side for the following Premier League game against Burnley at the weekend.

"It's going to be a tough game on Saturday, that's for sure".

This is going to be a real test of their resolve, but we have already seen how frustrating Burnley can be to play against this season.

Toure spent the first part of the season out in the cold and is not even registered for Europe but now appears to have a role to play in the league campaign.

"What happened to English teams in the last decade is your [England's] problem - you have to analyse, not me", the City boss told reporters.

Key Stat: One for the road - Manchester City have won their last five Premier League away games.

"We are not the only ones, it happens to all teams".

"He said, 'I have pain, but I can play, '" Guardiola said afterwards. Call the federation? No.

City host Chelsea in a huge league clash on Saturday and Guardiola is thrilled his team are within touching distance of the Blues despite having had the burden of playing in Europe.

"It's why I am so satisfied because we've played eight [sic] more bad games in the Champions League than Chelsea and Liverpool and we are still there".

"To be honest, when you are a top player and you only play once a week - like the Chelsea players, they only play once a week - it's easier to play well, it's easier to recover well and easier to take full advantage", he added. Sometimes it is tough to be focused again, it is tough on us in these kind of games.

The Chelsea game next Saturday will be followed by matches against Arsenal and Liverpool before December is out, as well as a visit to defending champions Leicester City. "You have to be mentally and physically prepared to compete".

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