Dyche 'parks' Cup rout to focus on Burnley's league survival

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was delighted with Kevin de Bruyne's performance for their 5-0 FA Cup win over Burnley.

Academy players have featured heavily in City's progression through that competition, but Guardiola does not plan to use them in the FA Cup fourth round.

Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero were the other goalscorers, Burnley further undone by a Kevin Long own-goal.

Guardiola named a strong side with just four changes from last weekend's Premier League win at Huddersfield.

I can not give them days off.

"But I'm not going to over-think this one, it gets parked quickly, as the bigger fight is the Premier League".

"Sometimes you are lucky, sometimes you are not but the most important thing is being there and that's what I want".

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"He's incredible, but the reality is in the last five years he's played few, really few", Guardiola told reporters ahead of Tuesday's league trip to Newcastle United.

Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City must look to the benchmark for success set by Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus. We have a lot of games here, so no way, says Guardiola.

"When you are 35-years-old you can have long, long holidays, no problem". "The big clubs, that is the big difference, what are the best clubs in the last decade?" The Belgium playmaker wants to play as often as possible to improve his match sharpness and he appears to be getting back to his best.

Talking about the his team's desperate need to win, as quoted in The Mirror, the City manager said: "In both situations, later or earlier, we win the games". "He has the quality to play every game when (getting into) this team is too hard because we have unbelievable players and everyone deserves to play". It's hard to buy top, top players at a good price.

It adds a fascinating angle to what is shaping up to be a memorable title race between the two north-west giants although there is no doubt Liverpool's players have the advantage in terms of rest and recovery.

"When I prepared the schedule between Arsenal and Chelsea, we had eight days".

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