Man City receive triple boost ahead of Tottenham clash as Pep Guardiola defends recent struggles

Pre-Spurs boost

Pep Guardiola suggested he could have a full squad available as Manchester City prepare to face Tottenham.

John Stones and Ruben Dias were back in training this week after missing the Manchester derby through injury. Dias has not featured since picking up a hamstring injury with Portugal at the World Cup, while Stones suffered an issue last week that forced him out of the last two fixtures.

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Kevin De Bruyne came off the bench against Southampton and started the derby. However, he did not take part in Tuesday&aposs group session to raise doubts over his availability for the Spurs game.

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Goalscoring problems

Pep Guardiola has brushed off concerns over Manchester City&aposs sudden struggles to create chances as he looks to guide his side to a first win in three games.

City welcome Tottenham after dismal defeats against Southampton in the Carabao Cup and then a frustrating loss at Manchester United after taking the lead at Old Trafford. That goal – a Jack Grealish header – was City&aposs only shot on target across both defeats, and the downturn in fortunes in front of goal has led to some questions over their reliance on Erling Haaland.

Despite Haaland&aposs 27 goals, City have a similar scoring record to previous seasons, and Guardiola tasked his side with being better in the build-up to create more chances for Haaland rather than placing any further pressure on the striker.

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