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Manchester City were defeated 1-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium last weekend, and with Pep Guardiola intending to retain the Premier League title for the second time in his Etihad career, the Catalan coach will expect his side to emphatically bounce back.
Norwich meanwhile, kicked off their campaign with a three-goal pummelling courtesy of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at Carrow Road.
However, the Canaries performed far better than the scoreline suggested, and were unfortunate not to score on their first game back in the Premier League.
Pep Guardiola’s side will be somewhat more prepared in comparison to last weekend’s dismal trip to North London, as the City boss was seemingly unwilling to start some of his star players due to a lack of pre-season training.
Several key City players did not feature during the loss in the capital due to late returns, however, as the squad have trained together for almost two weeks, Pep Guardiola should now feel comfortable with calling upon those players.
Moreover, following the particularly disappointing performances of Benjamin Mendy and Nathan Ake against Spurs, the likes of John Stones, Kyle Walker and Oleksandr Zinchenko may find themselves returning to Manchester City’s starting line-up.
As confirmed by Pep Guardiola on Friday, City will determine “tomorrow” whether Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan will feature in the clash with Norwich.
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De Bruyne did not train with the squad on Friday owing to “a little problem with his ankle”, whilst Gundogan’s involvement is currently uncertain due to the shoulder injury sustained during the defeat to Tottenham – however, the German has trained with the rest of the squad this week and appears to be fit.
The German international was tended to by the club’s medical staff following the Tottenham clash, however, the injury has been deemed ‘not serious’. Gundogan is not expected to be out of action long-term and could feasibly feature tomorrow.