The problems in defence were underlined during Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Borussia Mönchengladbach when Guardiola was forced into shuffling his rearguard into four separate units during the Champions League game.
But with Barcelona beating Celtic in Glasgow, City can no longer take top spot in Group C.
It’s a daunting prospect to try and conquer Guardiola’s City, but it’s one Dyche will relish, and although he will make his players aware of what City can do, he knows springing another upset on the blue half of Manchester will begin with his side’s own performance.
The manager has no new injury concerns ahead of the visit of Man City but it wouldn’t surprise me if he made a few changes, including putting Andre Gray back in the starting XI.
The 4-0 drubbing away at West Brom wasn’t a reflection on how they have performed since their return to the Premier League. We are going to sleep all together here in the CFA and tomorrow (Saturday) we are going to travel to Burnley.
The dismissals of Monchengladbach captain Lars Stindl and City midfielder Fernandinho early in the second half then robbed the game of much of its intensity and neither side pushed for victory. The Spaniard was pleased that his side do not have to worry about the Champions League till the round of 16 begins and that they can now turn their focus on the Premier League.
“After Borussia’s goal we lost control of the game”, Guardiola said.
“It is definitely not easy to beat them, especially at their home with the crowd and the supporters. After we got the red card it killed the game but obviously the result was the most important”.
City signed Stones for just under £50million this summer and were also interested in landing Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci.
“You know that this league is very hard physically and mentally, and I think that at any time the manager may need me there to help, because of the experience that I have and that I know what the manager wants”.
“If you are first or second it doesn’t really matter as every group has two really good teams who are going to qualify”.
“Even when I was training the best player in the world [Messi] I tried to involve all the processes of the game so all the responsibility was not on the shoulders of one player to win the game”. “So maybe we deserved to fall a goal behind”. It’s more about us delivering a performance.
The five-time World Player of the Year, who excelled for Guardiola at the Camp Nou, has always been linked with City, especially since his mentor was appointed manager at the Etihad Stadium.