Gerard Pique keen on Pep Guardiola reunion in Champions League final

Brighton & Hove Albion's caption Bruno Saltor Grau during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the American Express Community Stadium. (Pic by David

When asked by a reporter at Friday's news conference if he would have forced his way into the XI, Guardiola said: "No way".

Guardiola, who won 14 titles in four seasons at Barcelona, has led City on a 15-game Premier League winning streak and opened up an 11-point gap at the top, as well as reaching the Champions League last 16 as group winners.

He said: "His performance today, I have no words, no words to describe what he has done with the ball, how many assists, and his ability to switch play".

Guardiola's side host Tottenham Sunday (AEDT) and another victory would put them 21 points ahead of Spurs. "I spoke to a Tottenham player towards the end of last season - a full global, regular for his country, regular for his team - he told me what he was on wages wise and I was on more money at Newcastle in 2002".

"I think it is always important when the player does not feel so good and is not 100 per cent, like he was, because he was ill in the game against Stoke". Gareth Southgate was not at the Etihad Stadium but, with the World Cup finals on the horizon, it must be heartening for the England manager to know so many of his players were lining up in such a high-profile match.

Gundogan was making just his second Premier League start since a crucuiate knee ligament injury suffered a year ago last Thursday.

Pique has also been full of praise for Guardiola, saying the ex-Bayern Munich boss is among the world's best thanks to his results and style. "I guess the Spurs players didn't know I am strong at that!"

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