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Burnley travel to the Etihad Stadium to play Manchester City tomorrow in the FA Cup and both managers are looking at making changes to their respective sides having come through a tough Christmas and New Year scheduled.

Pep Guardiola, in charge of the still unbeaten City, said: “We are going to play the best team as possible. The schedule is what it is. What I said after the last game against Watford, it was not about Christmas time or Boxing Day. I like that.

“All the doctors and physios around the world say you cannot recover after 48 hours, in such a demanding competition. All managers give our opinion about many issues. We are going to play tomorrow and if the schedule says you have to play every two days, we are going to play.”

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City are one of only two teams to have beaten Burnley on the road this season and Guardiola, who had positive things to say about us last season, is very respectful of us and our manager Sean Dyche.

“What he has done and what they have done is amazing,” he said. “After the five or six contenders for the Premier League, the next is Burnley. It’s a tough draw for us but, of course, we want to keep going in that competition as well.”

Looking at freshening his team up, Clarets’ boss Dyche said: “I hope not to make excuses about all these games, which I choose not to, but there has to be a reality to it.

“Those players have put in a lot of effort over the Christmas period, when it’s more or less been the same group of players. That means there will be changes because I think it’s appropriate. We can’t continually risk players and the more fatigue players do get, that increases the risk of these minor injuries.

“But there won’t be wholesale changes. It will still be a team that’s well recognised because we want to go there and give a good account of ourselves and be open minded to what comes.”

He added: “We know it’s a tough game against a team that’s absolutely flying and a club with a very, very strong squad, let alone any given starting eleven, but equally, it’s a cup game and we all want the beauty and the marvel of the cup. We want to play our part in that, so we will be going there with the full intent on taking the game on.”

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