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Guardiola faces prospect of equalling worst career run

Guardiola says Man City 'have to win' against Southampton. Credit: PA

Pep Guardiola is determined to get Manchester City back to winning ways at the expense of Southampton.

City's midweek humbling by Barcelona in the Champions League extended their winless run to four games.

It is an unfamiliar scenario for manager Guardiola and another disappointing result as Southampton visit in the Premier League on Sunday would equal the worst run of his career.

Only once has former Barca and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola gone five games without a win, at the Nou Camp more than seven years ago.

Guardiola said:

Managers in other parts of the club have to think short and long term but the (team) managers day by day. We are judged on what happens today, so I'm thinking about Southampton.

Of course we have to win because it is four times without a win and we need that. But, at the same time, we were able to win 10 times in a row, so we are now able win four, five or six times.

– Man City manager Pep Guardiola


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Conte: Chelsea v Man Utd arrives at the perfect time

Conte believes Chelsea are ready for the visit of Man United. Credit: Reuters

Antonio Conte believes the visit of Jose Mourinho's Manchester United is a timely one for Chelsea.

After chastening defeats to Arsenal and Liverpool last month, Conte feels his Blues are ready following wins over Hull and Premier League champions Leicester.

Conte said:

I think that it arrives at the right moment for us. It's important to continue this way. The last game we beat a good team that last season won the title and this was important.

On Sunday we face another great team. I want to see progress compared to Liverpool and Arsenal. I am confident about this. I saw fantastic commitment this week.

– Chelsea manager Antonio Conte


Republic of Ireland to face Iceland in March friendly

Iceland dumped England out of Euro 2016. Credit: PA

Martin O'Neill will send his Republic of Ireland side into friendly battle with Euro 2016 quarter-finalists Iceland in March.

The Football Association of Ireland has announced that Heimir Hallgrimsson's men will head for the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday, March 24, four days after Wales visit Dublin in a World Cup qualifier.

Both teams have taken seven points from their opening three games in the new campaign.

Iceland, who are ranked 21st in the world, 10 places higher than Ireland, knocked England out of this summer's finals on their way to the last eight.

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