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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


Starting XI's: Barcelona v Man City - Aguero on the bench


Aguero set to start for Man City in Barcelona

Sergio Aguero is set to start in Barcelona. Credit: PA

Sergio Aguero is expected to return to Manchester City's starting line-up for the Champions League Group C clash with Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.

The striker came off the bench in Saturday's 1-1 Premier League draw with Everton, as did captain Vincent Kompany, whose chances of coming into the first XI this time around appear less clear.

Fabian Delph (unspecified) and Bacary Sagna (hamstring) remain sidelined, while Yaya Toure, who City boss Pep Guardiola has said he will not pick unless he receives an apology from the player's agent Dimitri Seluk for comments made in the media, cannot be selected on Wednesday anyway as he was not included in the Blues squad for the group stage of this competition.

Man City keeper Bravo: The pressure is on Barcelona

Claudio Bravo joined Manchester City in the summer. Credit: PA

Claudio Bravo believes all the pressure this week is on Barcelona as his current employers head to Catalonia to face the club they signed him from.

The Manchester City No.1 only left the Nou Camp two months ago and is now set for an earlier reunion with his old team-mates.

Pep Guardiola says his team will be trying to win the game, something which does not faze Bravo.

Barcelona have to win at all costs. They're playing at home. We have to do our things well, with our weapons, and keep our rhythm going.

Every team has a chance. They have important players but we have to go there with the intention to do things well.

– Claudio Bravo

Man City not the finished article yet - Bravo

Claudio Bravo arrived from Barcelona in the summer. Credit: PA

Claudio Bravo claims it will take some time for Manchester City to hit their full stride under Pep Guardiola.

City sent expectations soaring as they won their first 10 games under Guardiola and played some sublime football.

That progress has been checked in the past three matches with Everton's battling 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday coming after City were beaten at Tottenham and drew at Celtic.

But with Guardiola bringing some new thinking to the English game, Bravo says the team still needs to settle.

It's been fast and furious, City have changed how they were doing things before here in England.

The finished article will come later. Now I am calm. I've just arrived and started to compete.

We are getting to know our team-mates and the way the team plays, and you can't learn that overnight.

– Claudio Bravo
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