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Pep’s Presser: Target set, returning duo to be assessed, praise for David and Marco Silva

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15:  Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park on January 15, 2017 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

City manager Pep Guardiola addressed the press ahead of Saturday’s clash against in-form Hull City. The Tigers have been in great form recently and improved in remarkable fashion after Portuguese coach Marco Silva replaced Mike Phelan at the start of January.

Pep made a top four finish the club’s priority following the 1-2 loss against league leaders Chelsea on Wednesday. He particularly praised midfield engine Fabian Delph, who was surprisingly put into the starting line-up against Chelsea and put in a good performance at Stamford Bridge. Guardiola also expressed his delight with the return of captain Vincent Kompany. It is yet unclear whether the coach is going to start either of them against Hull, stating that he would consult his physios due to both players just coming back from injury.

The manager also expressed his admiration for the “outstanding” job Marco Silva is doing at Hull, playing very attacking football.

Pep also praised another Silva: City playmaker David, who, if playing against Hull, is going to make his 300th appearance for the club. Silva was described as an “amazing player”.

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