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Pep Guardiola has warned that the momentum could disappear in “an instant” as he prepares his Manchester City side to face Brighton after six successive wins in all competitions.
City start Wednesday’s home game four points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, but with two games in hand and boosted by the return of England striker Raheem Sterling.
Their 13-game unbeaten streak came with minimal contribution from record scorer Sergio Aguero, who will go missing again as he self-isolates as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus .
Eric Garcia is also self-isolating due to a positive test while defenders Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake are injured.
“Momentum (can) come and go in an instant,” Guardiola said Tuesday.
“We cannot forget the teams we have beaten recently, especially in the Premier League and the League Cup against two strong teams away (Chelsea and Manchester United).
“But the momentum may disappear tomorrow, so we have to start over. ”
City have three home league games over the next week as they look to progress further after a slow start to the season.
But Guardiola has said he has no plans to dethrone champions Liverpool.
“All I worry about is Brighton,” he said. “The rest, not even second in my thoughts. ”
Brighton is fourth from the bottom, but Guardiola has said he is a huge fan of Graham Potter’s squad.
“They are a joy to watch and analyze,” he said. “When you see them, you are concerned about the quality. I told the players that we will have to be at a high level to compete with them. ”
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