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Manchester City are hitting stride at just the right time - David Silva

Pep Guardiola's tactics make Manchester City vulnerable at the back according to Fabio Borini Pep Guardiola's tactics make Manchester City vulnerable at the back according to Fabio Borini
Sammy Stanley | 06 March, 2017, 00:30

Today they are visited by a Manchester City side in good form, at a ground where until 2014, City were the victims of FOUR back-to-back 1-0 defeats. "We are in a good moment now but we have to repeat every single game, again and again", said Guardiola ahead of Sunday's trip to the Stadium of Light.

No player to score more than ten Premier League goals has a better minutes-to-goal ratio than Aguero in the competition's history.

Goalkeeper Vito Mannone has recovered from illness and Billy Jones is available after having stitches in a head wound, but Jack Rodwell (hamstring) is being assessed and the game will come too soon for midfielders Jan Kirchhoff (knee) and Steven Pienaar (calf). "The players know, we know, the club knows, if we are not able to win the next game we will be out".

"They created more chances than we did". We are honest and I said to him from the beginning to him when I came, everything was good and when Gabriel came here I gave him continuity. "We have big objectives but the way we go about our business means we just try to concentrate on winning the next game", he said.

The Stadium of Light was barely half full as the full-time whistle went, but David Moyes will need all of the supporters on board if they are to avoid relegation into the Championship.

Sunderland sit rock bottom, 33 points adrift of City.

"I think when you have such a strong person like Guardiola coming in, the changes are too big and the players are finding it hard to apply it".

"I know they will be more physical and pay more attention due to their situation".

Victory saw City climb to third, now eight points off leaders and title-favourites Chelsea with Sunderland now six points from safety after a bruising weekend of results. Sunderland's situation is not easy. We are there behind Chelsea, who are nearly unstoppable.

The floodgates opened when Sunderland conceded in their last home game against Southampton but there was no surrender here.

FABIO BORINI has urged his Sunderland team-mates to "get back to basics" as they look to pull off yet another "Great Escape" despite their current position at the foot of the Premier League.

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