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Toure: Man City will not given up on title

Yaya Toure insists Manchester City will not give up on the Premier League title.

Manager Pep Guardiola appeared to rule City out of the race after Sunday's 4-0 defeat at Everton left them 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.

It was a damaging and humbling experience for City but Toure is convinced they can bounce back as they host second-placed Tottenham next weekend.

The 33-year-old midfielder said: "I think in the Premier League everything is possible. In football you have to be positive. I am a positive guy.

Yaya Toure was in the team drubbed by Everton. Credit: PA

"I know it is tough sometimes but you have to accept that and continue to work hard, and we will have the chance. We just have to win a couple of games and everything will come back again.

"On Saturday we have an important game. We have to keep going. It is a difficult situation but what we have to do is work hard and try to bounce back.

"The league is still long. We have to try to do the business on Saturday and then we are coming back again."


Pep Guardiola accepts gap to Chelsea is now too big

Guardiola suffered the biggest league defeat of his managerial career at Everton. Credit: PA

Pep Guardiola accepts the title could be out of reach after his Manchester City side crashed to a 4-0 defeat at Everton.

City were left 10 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea after capitulating alarmingly in the latter stages at Goodison Park on Sunday.

The loss was the heaviest suffered by former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola in domestic football in his managerial career, and a league crown in his first year at City could be beyond him.

Asked if the gap to the top was now too great, Guardiola said: "By the first one? Yes. Ten points is a lot of points. The second one is three points. We have to see.

"I spoke with my players in the last three weeks or more, (and said), 'Forget about the table, focus on the next game and try to do our best to win'.

"After that, at the end of the season, we our going to evaluate our level and how our performance was, how the coach was, how the players were. After that we are going to decide."

Guardiola praises 'strong' mentality of Man City captain

Pep Guardiola has no concerns about Vincent Kompany's state of mind as the Manchester City captain prepares to begin his latest comeback.

Kompany is preparing to make his latest comeback from injury. Credit: PA

Kompany is in contention to return to action as City travel to Everton in the Premier League on Sunday after two months out with a knee problem.

The Belgium defender has been hampered by numerous injuries in recent years and his latest setback, sustained in an awkward collision with team-mate Claudio Bravo in November, was his 35th since joining City in 2008.

Three of those injuries have come this season and the 30-year-old has not played a full game since April.

This regular cycle of injury and rehabilitation could wear down a player but manager Guardiola, who needs to see Kompany fit to evaluate his long-term prospects at the club, is impressed by his resilience.

Guardiola said:

Everybody needs time to come back to a high level when they are a long time injured but his mentalities are strong, he knows exactly what he has to do.

What I would like is (for him) not to put a lot of pressure on himself. Now is a time to make weeks of training sessions, play games when I decide he has to play and not put a lot of pressure on having to do many things.

He has to do simple things, play like a central defender, like he was. After he has played one game, then another one, and then the amount is running, he will hopefully achieve his level.

– Man City manager Pep Guardiola


Man City charged by FA over anti-doping procedures

Manchester City have been charged by the FA. Credit: PA

Manchester City have been charged with a breach of anti-doping rules, the Football Association has announced.

The matter refers to rules concerning 'club whereabouts', but no other information concerning the alleged breach was initially given.

A statement from the FA read: "Manchester City have been charged in relation to the FA's rules on anti-doping.

"It is alleged the club failed to ensure that their 'club whereabouts' information was accurate, contrary to Regulation 14(d). City have until 19 January 2017 to respond to the charge."

Man City youngster heads to Dutch club on loan

Manu Garcia is off to Holland. Credit: PA

Manchester City have announced midfielder Manu Garcia has joined Dutch side NAC Breda on loan until the end of the season.

News of the 19-year-old Spaniard's switch comes a day after Alaves, who he had joined in August on a season-long loan, revealed they had reached agreement with him for the deal to be terminated. He made only one appearance for the LaLiga outfit.

In December, Garcia signed a two-year contract extension with City to keep him at the club until June 2020.

He joined City's youth academy in 2013 and has played for the first team four times, scoring one goal.

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