Guardiola goads Neville; ‘hopes’ Mahrez plays v Man City

Date published: Friday 9th February 2018 1:54

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will be able to name a full matchday squad this weekend – much to the delight of Gary Neville.

Guardiola was criticised last week for naming only six substitutes for the 1-1 draw with Burnley.

The manager explained that he simply “didn’t have enough players” for a full quota, but Neville branded the decision “an absolute joke”.

Many pointed out that a youth team player could have filled the seventh spot, but the debate continues over Pep’s protest.

The Spaniard sought to draw a line under the controversy on Friday, stating: “We have enough players for 18 (in the squad) this week so Gary Neville will be happy.”

City face Leicester on Saturday, with reported transfer target Riyad Mahrez finally returning to training for the Foxes after missing the last week.

The Algerian was on strike after being denied a late move to the Etihad Stadium, but is in contention to face his potential suitors.

“I hope he comes back soon to play football,” Guardiola said. “We enjoy watching him.”

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