Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus believes he is in top form

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus believes he is in top form

'Sometimes I tell the players it's a privilege, ' he said.

City swept past fellow English Premier League team Burnley 5-0 in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday, extending its run of wins to eight in all competitions.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's revamped Manchester United side will seek to make it nine wins on the bounce and six in the league against a Burnley side on Tuesday night who had experienced a similar renaissance of late. In the big clubs, that is the big difference.

"I've said many times: what are the best teams in the last decade?" Juventus, Bayern and Barcelona, because every year they win the cups and every year they are the best. "Prepare against Schalke. That's when you become a better team and a better club but to be the best you have to imitate these three teams".

"It is important for everybody we know the tradition and here the FA Cup is so important". Because they are the best. It's a danger you can have sometimes when you come back. The Cup [against Burnley], win the game, get through.

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However, Guardiola told his players to embrace the chance to play plenty of games and compete for trophies.

The Spaniard admitted there is still a lot to improve and insisted all at the club are eager to play in as many games as possible and rectify their shortcomings sooner rather than later. We need him because he's so clever, he sees passes and so aggressive in his game. It is what it is.

'When one player plays 20 minutes, I want the best 20 minutes they can play. or if they play five minutes, I want the best five minutes they can play. 'If they believe it's a handicap, they are making a big mistake. It's a privilege. When you are 35 years old you can have long holidays.

On the contrary, the message from Guardiola is quite clear: you can rest when you have retired. Take a year for holidays.

City face a crucial period to try to chase down Liverpool, with home games against Arsenal and Chelsea and a trip to Everton coming up over the next fortnight.

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