Guardiola wary Manchester City’s momentum

Pep Guardiola
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola attends a news conference in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Manchester City will face Shakhtar Donetsk in Group F Champions League soccer match at the Metalist Stadium on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is wary his team’s momentum may be stalled by Wolves on Monday night.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola attends a news conference in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Manchester City will face Shakhtar Donetsk in Group F Champions League soccer match at the Metalist Stadium on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

City go into the game on the back of four successive wins, including a 2-1 defeat of title-rivals Liverpool and resounding cup successes against Rotherham United and Burton Albion, the latter a 9-0 triumph in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup on Wednesday.

But Guardiola knows Wolves will present a stiff test at the Etihad Stadium after making an impressive return to the top flight under Nuno Espirito Santo.

“We realised [how good they were] when we played them in the EFL Cup last season and again early this season,” the former Barcelona boss told a pre-match news conference, having overseen a penalty shoot-out triumph in the former game before his team were held 1-1 at Molineux in August.

“They are strong physically, good on set pieces, have incredible players on the counter-attack, they don’t just do that with two or three, they have four or five.

“And when you are tired they can bring on two new players to do that.

“They defend deep, they switch play, they control many areas and with [Ruben] Neves and [Joao] Moutinho they can shoot from outside the box.

“That’s why they are doing incredibly well.”

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