City won’t strengthen in quest to hunt down Pool, in­sists Guardi­ola

Belfast Telegraph - - SPORT - BY ANDY HAMP­SON

CHAM­PI­ONS Manch­ester City will aim to cut Liver­pool’s lead back to four points as they re­sume their ti­tle chase by host­ing Wolves tonight (SKY, 800pm).

Pep Guardi­ola’s men pulled them­selves firmly back into the race for top spot in the Premier League with thrilling vic­tory over the Reds ear­lier this month.

Since then they have dished out two mo­rale-boost­ing do­mes­tic cup thrash­ings to lower divi­sion teams — beat­ing Rotherham and Bur­ton by a com­bined score of 16-0

— but Liver­pool have been the first back into league ac­tion.

The Merseysiders pushed their ad­van­tage out to seven points with a 1-0 vic­tory at Brighton on Satur­day and the onus is now on City to main­tain their pur­suit.

Guardi­ola (above) has been asked nu­mer­ous times if City might try to add to the squad dur­ing this month’s trans­fer win­dow but he re­mains adamant that will not hap­pen.

He said: “Some­times we have done it but nor­mally when we want to buy a player it’s for the next four, five six years and nor­mally these kind of sit­u­a­tions don’t hap­pen in this trans­fer win­dow.

“For loan play­ers maybe it can hap­pen, for a short time, but I don’t think the big clubs buy play­ers for just six months and im­por­tant play­ers are not sold in that pe­riod.

“If you have no in­juries and you are sat­is­fied, as in our case, with the squad we have, we de­cided go­ing well, go­ing bad, (we stick) with the same play­ers we started the sea­son.”

Striker Ser­gio Aguero could re­turn for Wolves’ visit to the Eti­had Sta­dium after a bout of ill­ness while cap­tain Vin­cent Kom­pany has also made good progress after suf­fer­ing a mus­cu­lar prob­lem in the Liver­pool game.

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