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Man City injury update ahead of Bournemouth test

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has a fully fit squad ahead of Monday night’s trip to Bournemouth.

The boss says he is happy with the form of his players and believes the team has made significant strides in recent weeks.

“Everyone is fit,” Guardiola confirmed. “They are training amazing. I am so happy to be here with these players. The only regret is I have players in the stand who cannot play.

When I see the first half against Swansea it is what I want. We monopolised the ball - we did not create too many chances because it is so difficult.

"Since Tottenham at home, West Ham and Crystal Palace, I think we are more stable, we control more.

"But every game is completely different. Bournemouth is a tough, tough team. I admire my colleague and think it will be a tough game.

“Bournemouth start really well. Last few years, it’s outstanding what they have done. They are so aggressive. They are an honest team. They want to do something. They are fast guys to use the counter attack.

“I know what happened against Liverpool, Arsenal - big teams - it will be a tough game, I have no doubts about that.”

Meanwhile, Guardiola was full of praise for Bayern Munich defender Philipp Lahm after the German’s decision to retire at the end of the season

Guardiola worked with Lahm for three years during his time in charge of Bayern and says he is one of the finest professionals he has seen in the game.

"Philipp was and is a special person in my life," he said. "It is not easy for a Catalan guy to go to Munich and learn the culture and he helped me a lot.

"He is one of the most fantastic players I ever trained in my life. Football is going to miss one of the best players ever. He can play in 10 positions.

"I know when I go back to Munich to see my friends, he will be there. That is the best gift a trainer can have.

"I am a little sad because I feel he has football in his legs. I wish his beautiful wife and son the best for the future. Exceptional person, exceptional player."

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