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League leaders Manchester City are here tonight, on top now on goal difference following Manchester United’s emphatic 9-0 win against nine man Southampton.

City boss Pep Guardiola, whose side beat Sheffield United at the weekend, enjoys winning. “You feel better when you win,” he said. “When you win it is so addictive and you want to win again and again and again. When it comes to titles, you want more.

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“Especially because the players are good and the clubs where I have worked have been so good. This is the only reason. All athletes prefer to win than lose. It comes from there.

“Always I have that feeling that I can lose a game. That’s what drives you. Insecurity and fear and being scared that you can lose a game. Everyone is the same. Why should you stop if you are able to win? It comes from there.”

He added: “Six weeks ago we were not contenders for anything, six weeks later we are. Everything can change so quick. We could drop points. Only I am concerned about Burnley. That’s all. When you start to think about the next game you can drop points. All I am concerned about is Sean Dyche’s team, making a good selection and winning the game.”

Sean Dyche is fully aware how difficult a game we have in front of us but he said: “When we’re really on top of our performance we can challenge in different ways, even against the big sides. When these teams really turn up, individually and collectively, we know there is a big gap in the Premier League.

“Against Manchester City it’s a similar scenario to a lot of these teams. If they turn up and play to their max it can be a tough day. On the other hand, if they have a quiet day of a few off.”

Dyche knows he will be without a number of players and added: “It would be helpful to have a full hit, full strength, but I know what our team is and it’s still a team that I know can be competitive.”

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