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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola remains uncertain about including Erling Haaland and Kevin de Bruyne in the starting lineup for the upcoming match against Crystal Palace.

The duo was rested during City’s recent victory over Aston Villa, with Phil Foden delivering an outstanding performance with a hat-trick.

As City prepares for a crucial visit to Real Madrid in the Champions League next week, Guardiola is weighing his options regarding Haaland and De Bruyne’s involvement against Palace.

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The quick turnaround between matches and the importance of managing player fatigue are key factors in Guardiola’s decision-making process.

Guardiola expressed the challenges of managing a congested fixture schedule, highlighting the need to consult with medical staff and assess players’ recovery rates. Despite the demanding schedule, Guardiola emphasized City’s experience in handling such situations, noting the players’ familiarity with frequent matches over the course of the season.

While City awaits the potential return of goalkeeper Ederson, the absence of defenders Kyle Walker and Nathan Ake poses additional challenges for Guardiola’s squad.

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However, Guardiola remains focused on the task at hand and reiterated the team’s determination to secure victories in the remaining league fixtures.

Guardiola acknowledged the threat posed by Crystal Palace, emphasizing their resilience and quality under manager Oliver Glasner.

With Palace historically proving to be tough opponents for City, Guardiola emphasized the importance of maintaining focus and tactical discipline for the upcoming match.

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As City continues its pursuit of the Premier League title, Guardiola emphasized the need to focus on their own performances rather than relying on results from other teams.

Guardiola’s cautious approach reflects City’s determination to navigate through a challenging period of fixtures successfully.

As the match against Crystal Palace approaches, Guardiola’s decision regarding Haaland and De Bruyne’s involvement will be closely watched by City fans, as the team aims to maintain momentum in both domestic and European competitions.

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