Guardiola prefers rotation in Porto match

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Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola intends to follow a rotation policy against Porto away in the Champions League and said that excluding any squad player will not be because it gives him rest.

Illness and injuries struck City’s squad at the start of the new season, but Guardiola’s side looked their best during their 5-0 win over Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday.

Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker missed City’s away win over Olympiacos in the Champions League last week. Guardiola said the current level of players was all that mattered to him.

Guardiola told reporters: It’s not about comfort. Kevin was a little tired mentally… That’s right, but at the moment, I choose the players who are in the best condition or focus; the players thought I was relaxing some because of the rotation policy, it would be a big mistake.

City qualified for the knock-out rounds in the Champions League after four consecutive victories in Group Three. One of the players who took advantage of the opportunity was John Stones. It seemed that the defender had come out of Guardiola’s accounts after Robin Diaz and Nathan Aké joined. Still, the Spanish coach expressed his admiration for the Stones’ performance against Olympiacos and Burnley; he said, “He was very focused and made no mistakes.” What we want from the four-back is to avoid mistakes and for the forwards to score.