Updated: Dec 4, 2020
The City boss made seven changes for their UEFA Champions League clash against Porto last night because he has a fully fit squad.
City secured top spot in Group C of Europe’s elite competition with a goalless draw away at Porto on Tuesday.
Manager Pep Guardiola is relishing the competition for places in his Manchester City squad.
The City boss says it is “good news” that he didn't have to make more than one change [Ferran Torres for Gabriel Jesus] in their Champions League match against Porto last night because he wants his players to “get into a rhythm”.
However, the Spaniard has urged his Cityzens to channel their full attention to the Premier League after they secured a spot in the second round of Europe’s elite competition.
Man City play their final group C game against Ligue 1 side Marseille next week, meaning Guardiola can afford to bench key players for their league clash against Fulham at the Etihad before an away trip to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby.
"I didn't make substitutions (because) I think (players need) to play into rhythm like Joao (Cancelo), Bernardo (Silva), Oleks (Zinchenko), Eric (Garcia), Fernandinho. Rodri was playing well," Guardiola said.
"I want to give them minutes. They showed me, like the players against Burnley, that everybody is fit and ready. They have to know this is the way.
"So I can trust the players that played here, without a doubt, the same I can trust the players that played against Burnley. It is a competition against them.
"That is the good news. Now after the qualification, with the Champions League (resuming) in February, now is the time to focus on the Premier League."