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pep Guardiola is confident his Manchester City players will give every “last drop of energy” in the pursuit of Premier League and European glory.

The Spaniard’s claim comes after he recently admitted his side were in “big trouble” in terms of injuries heading into the decisive phase of the season.

Kyle Walker, Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan were all hit against Atletico Madrid last week and missed the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Liverpool.

De Bruyne and Gundogan have since returned, but Walker is still sidelined and is now joined by fellow defenders John Stones and Nathan Ake in the treatment room.

With Joao Cancelo banned from Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid, Guardiola could face defensive problems if the injured don’t prove their fitness.

But with the finish line in both competitions in sight, the Spaniard is confident those who do play can find more in the tank.

He said: “We are who we are and continue to the last drop of energy in our body and mind. I’m pretty sure of that.

“The only thing (you ask) is to have the players fit, to have 17 or 18 players available and at the moment we don’t have it, and I don’t know how much we will be able to.

“But sometimes when that happens, the 13 or 14 players we have make extra. From my experience, they take an extra step.

“You don’t think about anything else. They give extra and if you give extra, it helps you win matches.

“We have problems in many important positions and you have to adapt. Now we suffer a lot.

“But if we come in with a month to go and the players know we’re in trouble, if a winger has to play centre-back, he’ll do it. He’s focused because he knows we’re getting so close to the titles and they will do it.” good.”

City host Watford are today hoping to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to four points ahead of rivals Liverpool’s derby against Everton on Sunday.

Guardiola insists this game is so important to his side that he hasn’t had much time to think about next week’s glamorous match against Real.

He said: “I’ve had few, few thoughts about Madrid. Brighton (on Wednesday) and Watford were so important.

“I’m going to see them tomorrow at 5:00 PM.”

Walker is nearing his return from his ankle injury, but given fellow fullback Cancelo’s European suspension, he won’t be taking any chances against the Hornets.

Guardiola said: “Kyle won’t be ready tomorrow, but he’s much, much better. We’ll see if he has time on Tuesday.”

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