League Cup: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola hints at changes for return leg against Bristol

Updated: Jan 23, 2018, 10:19 IST | PA Sport | London

Pep Guardiola has hinted at changes ahead of Manchester City's League Cup semi-final second leg at Bristol City - but insists his focus is on victory.

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has hinted at changes ahead of Manchester City's League Cup semi-final second leg at Bristol City - but insists his focus is on victory. City hold a slender advantage over their Championship opponents ahead of tonight's clash at Ashton Gate having edged their first encounter 2-1 a fortnight ago.

City boss Guardiola wants to field a strong side to secure a place in final but is conscious of the demands on his players as he juggles the challenges of four competitions. Guardiola said: "Of course we are going to try to see the best team as possible but then Bernardo Silva, (Ilkay) Gundogan, (Eliaquim) Mangala will not be able to play and that will not be fair. I will say we are going to go there and try and win the game and go to the final."

Second-choice goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, who has featured in all domestic cup matches this season, is another likely to feature. Veteran midfielder Yaya Toure and youngsters Brahim Diaz and Oleksandr Zinchenko may also play.

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