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English Premier League: Sterling blunders as Burnley hold Manchester City 1-1

English Premier League: Sterling blunders as Burnley hold Manchester City 1-1

Although they had lost their last three home games, all to top six sides, Burnley have been excellent against those sides overall this season.

Earlier, Johann Berg Gudmundsson scored a late equaliser for Burnley as City failed to win for just the fourth time this season.

The England worldwide has made 15 league appearances this season apart from featuring nine times in domestic cup competitions and the Champions League. Since his debut in 2008, no player has made more. Fernandinho is not much further behind on 2,868 minutes while defender Nicolas Otamendi has also played 2,951 minutes. De Bruyne hasn't missed a game since December 19 - a total of 13 appearances in just 46 days.

After the next two league games are out the way, Arsenal only have to play one game against the rest of the "big 6" - a trip to Old Trafford to face Man Utd at the end of April. Guardiola is now giving his whole squad time off until Wednesday with their next match against Leicester not until Saturday. That's fewer than any of their top-five title rivals.

The trip to Arsenal has already been moved to the first Thursday in March to accommodate the Carabao Cup final between the two sides.

The Spaniard only named six substitutes for their clash against Sean Dyche's men after claiming they don't have any more players to fill their bench.

Chile global Alexis Sanchez, lured away from Arsenal during the January transfer window, scored Manchester United's second of the game to open his account for his new club and also made three key passes for his team in their 2-0 win over Huddersfield.

It would give Guardiola an opportunity to concentrate on their Champions League challenge, but their gruelling schedule so far would appear to make it a tough ask to compete with Bayern Munich, who had a three-week winter break or Paris St-Germain and Juventus, who each had a fortnight free.

Of the forthcoming rest, Guardiola said it wouldn't be limited to the players.


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