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Pep Guardiola "concerned" about Wigan Athletic test in FA Cup

Sergio Aguero celebrating a goal against Burnley Sergio Aguero has scored 16 goals in his 17 FA Cup appearances
Noah Ferguson | 16 February, 2018, 22:41

The Spanish manager remains keen to name a strong starting lineup against third-tier Wigan as his players have five days to recover from a 4-0 victory over Basel in the Champions League.

Guardiola has used domestic cup competitions to field experimental line-ups from time to time during his City tenure but, with four routes to silverware still open for the Carabao Cup finalists, he insists the trip to the DW Stadium will be strictly business and preceded by three full training sessions.

He, however, faces a race to be fit for Monday night's FA Cup clash against Wigan Athletic.

"Football has a amusing way of sending out shock results and our belief on Monday night must be that we can win the game", he told the club's website.

The Brazil worldwide has been out since the end of December when he picked up knee ligament damage against Crystal Palace.

The Latics now find themselves lower down the football league pyramid but their exploits in this season's competition alone give Guardiola cause for concern.

"Of course, I am concerned because I saw the game against Bournemouth", he told reporters at his pre-match press conference.

"I think every season in the FA Cup there are a lot of surprises but the players need to not think about next Sunday's final and need to prepare for Monday as well as possible".

Guardiola said the first team will have another two more training sessions, before the fifth round tie with the League One side.

"When you play at home it's one issue, but when you play away in tough conditions in January and February, and teams like Wigan showed in the games against Bournemouth that anything can happen in one game". They are going to start so hard because they are so intense, so aggressive without the ball and we have to be ready.

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